Working & The Economy

Unregulated gambling games cost Pa. Lottery $95 million in revenue, director says

A new type of quick-thrill game is popping up in bars and gas stations across the state, and it's causing big problems for the Pennsylvania Lottery.“Games of skill” — arcade-style betting games operated by private companies...

Wolf creates workforce development command center

Surrounded by business, union, and legislative leaders, Gov. Tom Wolf signed an executive creating a state workforce development command center.The panel will include three members of Wolf's cabinet and three representatives of the private...

New Jersey just went to a $15/hr minimum wage. Here’s why Pa. could be...

Good Tuesday Morning, Fellow Seekers.Workers in the Garden State may have just given Pennsylvania lawmakers a glimpse of what they can expect as the debate over Gov. Tom Wolf's proposed minimum wage increase revs up as...

Suburban Philly Democrat suggests statewide paid family leave

just three states — California, Rhode Island and New Jersey — offer employees fully paid leave according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. New York offers family leave at half pay.

As work for welfare battle continues, Wolf admin will put a new spin on...

State lawmakers also want stricter work requirements for food stamps.

Amazon is pulling out of New York, won’t reopen HQ2 search

Amazon announced Thursday it will not open a corporate campus in New York City, after state lawmakers tried to block billions in subsidies to the tech behemoth.The company chose Long Island City in Queens...

Treasurer Joe Torsella: Pa’s Rainy Day Fund is ‘nothing to write home about’ but...

Pennsylvania's top financial officer says he's committed to helping the Commonwealth build up its emergency savings account and that he wants to "continue doing great things" with his office.Right now, the $22.5 million balance...

A state House hearing for Pa.’s budget watchdog turned into a minimum wage Q&A

A budget hearing Monday for Pennsylvania's independent fiscal watchdog agency turned into a proxy fight over Gov. Tom Wolf's plan to boost Pennsylvania's minimum wage.Lawmakers on the House Appropriations Committee used a Monday appearance...

‘Fight for $15’ campaigners furious at Erie Democrat for showing hand ahead of minimum...

State 'Fight for $15 activists' are hoping to inspire a fighting attitude among a key House Democrat in the the clash to raise the minimum wage.Keystone Progress, a progressive advocacy group, is seeking signatures...

Higher teacher salaries sound appealing, but can districts afford them long term?

Gov. Tom Wolf's budget proposal contains a provision that's hard to argue with, at least on the surface: higher salaries for teachers.In his 2019-20 budget, Wolf provides nearly $14 million to bump up salaries...