Working & The Economy
Philly, Pgh. among U.S. cities with lowest real minimum wage | Thursday Morning Coffee
Rising prices, inflation wiped out Pa.'s $7.25/hr wage, according to a new report.
As prices rise, some states are putting grocery taxes on ice | Analysis
At least five of the 13 states where groceries were taxed as of last Jan. 1 passed laws to reduce, eliminate or ease the pinch.
Why America has a debt ceiling. Five questions answered | Analysis
It's the limit on the national debt. It's also time to abolish it. Here's why.
Wolf admin completes ‘first step’ in OSHA study | Five for the Weekend
The feasibility study, which was conducted through a collaboration between Indiana University of Pennsylvania and several state agencies, examined the five-year period from 2016-2021 and estimated the costs of adopting OSHA standards for commonwealth employees under the governor’s jurisdiction to be $54.8 million at baseline and $14.4 million for year one.
U.S. to hit debt limit much sooner than expected, thrusting Congress into showdown
The country will reach the debt limit on Jan. 19 at which point the Treasury Department will begin using extraordinary measures.
Study: States that limit business with banks that ‘boycott’ fossil fuels could pay high cost
Republican state policymakers’ efforts to boost fossil fuels by prohibiting their governments from doing business with companies that take sustainability into consideration has the potential to cost states millions, according to a study released Thursday. Researchers looked specifically at the possible effects on Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma and West Virginia if they passed Texas-like […]
Shapiro taps Pat Browne for revenue secretary among four more cabinet nominees
Gov.-elect Josh Shapiro has nominated former state Sen. Pat Browne as revenue secretary among four nominations for cabinet positions.
Coming Sunday: Higher prices for wine, liquor at Pa.’s state stores
(*This story was updated at 5:02 p.m. on Thursday, 1/12/23 with additional comment from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. It was updated at 3:28 a.m. on Friday 1/13/23 to update attribution to a PLCB spokesperson.) An industry trade group is pushing back against a 4% price hike on wine and liquor set to go into […]
High cost of legal cannabis in New Jersey irks customers
Garden State officials concede that prices are high, but say that will change as more dispensaries open.
Want a clue on health care costs in advance? New tools take a crack at it | Analysis
As of Jan. 1, health insurers and employers that offer health plans must provide online calculators for patients to get detailed estimates of what they will owe.
Here’s what you need to know about new workplace protections for pregnant, nursing workers
U.S. Sens. Bob Casey, D-Pa., and Bill Cassidy, R-La., co-sponsored the measure strengthening pregnant workers’ rights.
Pa. finished 2022 with $19.7B in tax collections; ahead of projections so far | Wednesday Coffee
December tax revenues totaled $4B, 8.6 percent ahead of estimates, officials said.