Working & The Economy

Philly, Pgh. among U.S. cities with lowest real minimum wage | Thursday Morning Coffee

BY: - January 19, 2023

Rising prices, inflation wiped out Pa.'s $7.25/hr wage, according to a new report.

Cartons of eggs are seen for sale in a Sprouts Farmers Market on 8/15/22 in Houston, Texas. Egg prices steadily climb in the U.S. as inflation continues impacting grocery stores nationwide. (Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images).

As prices rise, some states are putting grocery taxes on ice | Analysis

BY: - January 19, 2023

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.

COMMENTARY

Why America has a debt ceiling. Five questions answered | Analysis

BY: - January 17, 2023

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

BY: - January 14, 2023

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.

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen gives a speech on the economy at Fords Rouge Electric Vehicle Center on Sept. 8, 2022 in Dearborn, Michigan. Yellen toured the factory, which produces the Ford F-150 Lightning, before her remarks. (Photo by Sarah Rice/Getty Images)

U.S. to hit debt limit much sooner than expected, thrusting Congress into showdown

BY: - January 13, 2023

The country will reach the debt limit on Jan. 19 at which point the Treasury Department will begin using extraordinary measures.

A proposed reduction to Pennsylvania's corporate net income tax could be included in this year's state budget.

Study: States that limit business with banks that ‘boycott’ fossil fuels could pay high cost

BY: - January 13, 2023

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

BY: - January 12, 2023

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

BY: - January 12, 2023

(*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

BY: - January 12, 2023

Garden State officials concede that prices are high, but say that will change as more dispensaries open.

(MOMENT / GETTY IMAGES)

Want a clue on health care costs in advance? New tools take a crack at it | Analysis

BY: - January 8, 2023

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

BY: - January 5, 2023

U.S. Sens. Bob Casey, D-Pa., and Bill Cassidy, R-La., co-sponsored the measure strengthening pregnant workers’ rights.

A proposed reduction to Pennsylvania's corporate net income tax could be included in this year's state budget.

Pa. finished 2022 with $19.7B in tax collections; ahead of projections so far | Wednesday Coffee

BY: - January 4, 2023

December tax revenues totaled $4B, 8.6 percent ahead of estimates, officials said.