Working & The Economy

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...

As legislative Republicans again push to require work for welfare benefits, the Wolf administration is redesigning ineffective job training for the state’s poorest parents.Gov. Tom Wolf and his administration are strongly opposed to adding...

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...

Payday lenders just scored a win in Washington — will they try again in...

And, as ever, it’s those who are cheering the loudest for him that will end up suffering the most. Let's hope Pa. lawmakers have more sense.

Lawmaker who chaired Liquor Control Committee moves to lobbying role for Pa. brewers

Former Rep. Adam Harris, a Republican who spent 16 years in the General Assembly before retiring last session, has a new job leading outreach for Pennsylvania's beer brewing industry.Harris was chairman of the House...