Working & The Economy

Pa. House, Senate Republicans tout looming completion of package of pro-farmer bills

With Farm Show milkshakes in hand (of course), Republican leaders in the state House and Senate gathered in the Capitol rotunda on Wednesday to tout a package of bills that they say reiterates the...

How Pa.’s failure to raise the minimum wage will make the housing affordability crisis...

Policy decisions, just like elections, have consequences.
Pat Albright repurposes a sign to protest the elimination of General Assistance. (Photo by Sarah Anne Hughes)

General Assembly moves closer to eliminating cash assistance for disabled Pennsylvanians

A state Senate Committee voted along party lines Monday to eliminate a cash assistance program for disabled Pennsylvanians.

Pa.’s women and families will benefit from a higher minimum wage. Here’s how |...

A $15 minimum wage would boost wages for 2 million low-wage workers, of which 61 percent are women.
Pat Albright repurposes a sign to protest the elimination of General Assistance. (Photo by Sarah Anne Hughes)

Will cash assistance for disabled adults be a budget casualty?

The thousands of people who are on General Assistance won't have to wait much longer to find out what their future holds. Gov. Tom Wolf and the Legislature are on track to finish a budget deal by or before the June 30 deadline.

How raising the minimum wage helps get people work their way off public assistance...

Pennsylvania has fallen asleep at the wheel when it comes to protecting low-income workers from slipping into a cycle of poverty.

How a bill to eliminate cash assistance for disabled Pennsylvanians turned into ‘Faustian’ budget...

The bill now extends a Medicaid-related tax on hospitals that will funnel a projected $110 million into Philadelphia’s hospitals and the city’s coffers.

Affordable housing bill unanimously clears key Senate committee hurdle

A bill that expands the state's affordable housing trust fund passed a Senate committee unanimously Wednesday.

Moo-ve over skim milk: These lawmakers are udderly serious about bringing back whole milk

Surrounded by sash-wearing dairy princesses, lawmakers gulping down chocolate milk, and a sea of concerned farmers and their families, allies of Pennsylvania's dairy industry made a plea in the Capitol Tuesday on behalf of...