Working & The Economy

DePasquale announces audit, Senate serves subpoena as pressure increases to open up Wolf’s waiver

The move forces Gov. Tom Wolf to shed light on how his administration decided which businesses could open and which would remain closed to prevent the spread of the disease.

COVID-19 in Philly: City water department extends shut-off moratorium

Officials have agreed to postpone all water shutoffs for residential and commercial customers in the city through June 1.

In Pittsburgh, volunteers come together to help feed region’s Black residents

“Food insecurity is not a COVID-19 issue. It’s an issue that already exists, it’s just exacerbated,” one Pittsburgh volunteer said of the challenge she faces

Philadelphia Youth Orchestra keeps music alive with digital experiences

Its concert schedule struck by the pandemic, the youth symphony has had improvise ways to bring music to its musicians and its patrons.

Which Pa. counties have the lowest tax burden? | The Numbers Racket

Using the national median household income, coupled with relevant deductions and exemptions, SmartAsset was able to identify which of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties have the lowest tax burden, and which have the highest.
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The state Legislature received masks made by prisoners — but it’s unclear who used...

The 200 masks lawmakers received are just a fraction of a fraction of the 311,193 masks inmates have produced as of last week.

Calling Wolf’s plan ‘progress,’ Toomey outlines his own plan to reopen Pa.

Toomey’s proposal comes just a day after Wolf, a Democrat, unveiled his county-by-county approach to gradually lifting restrictions aimed at mitigating the spread of COVID-19.

Limited workplace protections, packaging woes could stress food supplies, lawmakers worry 

More face masks and flexible food packaging are needed to keep Pennsylvania’s grocery stores in stock, legislative leaders warned Wednesday.

Lawmakers advance small business relief bill without extra cash for states

The U.S. House is expected to reconvene on Thursday to vote on the measure — although it’s unclear how many lawmakers will return to Washington — and President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday that he will sign it.

We need PPE now. And unions will help deliver it | Opinion

Access to health care and testing is workplace safety. And access to personal protective equipment is a workers’ rights issue.