Working & The Economy

‘Spillover Effect’: How the COVID-19 pandemic has compounded Erie’s industrial decline

BY: - April 10, 2020

In 1990, manufacturing accounted for nearly 30 percent of employment in the region. In the last 30 years, this has decreased by nearly 50 percent. 


The COVID-19 pandemic is proof that we need to pay Pennsylvanians a living wage | Opinion

BY: - April 10, 2020

A Democratic lawmaker from Philadelphia wants to give every Pa. municipality the freedom to self-determine its minimum wage needs.

A summer without church picnics? How COVID-19 is taking its toll on a NEPA tradition

BY: - April 9, 2020

SCRANTON, Pa. — The potato pancakes and hamburgers sizzle on the grill. Volunteers douse pierogis in butter, fry pizza fritta and bake haluski. Parish picnics, carnivals and festivals provide the sounds and smells of summer in Northeastern Pennsylvania.  Along with fire department festivals and some municipal food festivals, the church fundraisers fill residents’ social calendars. […]

Pa.’s 2020 budget could be up to $1.8 billion short because of COVID-19 business closings

BY: - April 8, 2020

Pennsylvania could lose as much as $4 billion in tax revenues over the next 15 months due to the coronavirus-related economic shutdowns.

Pa.’s Casey, 18 senators call for funding to support local journalism in next pandemic relief bill

BY: - April 8, 2020

Congress is already mulling a fourth package, and Democrats on Capitol Hill have already begin to signal their priorities. 

COVID-19 in Pa.: Wolf, lawmakers struggle for common ground on pandemic relief

BY: and - April 7, 2020

In a day of fiery rhetoric, the Pennsylvania General Assembly advanced a second wave of legislation to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.


COVID-19 in Pa.: State lawmakers must expand broadband access for all | Opinion

BY: - April 7, 2020

When “normal” legislative work is resumed, the Pennsylvania State Grange urges lawmakers to make high-speed access to broadband an urgent priority.

SEPTA to get $643M from COVID-19 federal bailout fund

BY: - April 4, 2020

SEPTA will use the bailout funds to make up for lost revenue from a severe drop in ridership and the anticipated shortfalls in state grants.


The wrong kind of blue wave | Editorial Cartoon

BY: - April 4, 2020

Unemployment claims in Pennsylvania have surged to historic levels amid the COVID-19 pandemic, threatening to overwhelm the state.

Pa. will stop paying 9k non-essential state workers

BY: and - April 3, 2020

Workers will be allowed apply for unemployment. The state will continue to provide health and life insurance benefits, according to published reports.

1 million and counting? Pennsylvanians flood state with unemployment claims

BY: - April 3, 2020

As of Friday, 1,017,101 workers — about 15 percent of Pennsylvania’s labor force — are now seeking the state’s jobless benefits

COVID-19 in Philly: Confirmed cases rise to 2,100; where you can get a free meal; how to volunteer, and what’s happening with the schools?

BY: - April 3, 2020

Confirmed cases of the virus rose to 2,100 on Thursday, with more than 50 percent of all infections reported in individuals under 50 years old.