Working & The Economy

House committee votes to eliminate cash assistance for disabled adults, people with addiction

A state House committee voted along party lines Monday to eliminate a cash assistance program for childless adults with disabilities, domestic violence survivors, and people in treatment for addiction.General Assistance was first eliminated by...

Veterans could use military experience to get professional licenses under this Senate proposal

Citing concerns about homelessness and unemployment among veterans, a state Senate panel Monday considered a bill that would let job seekers use military experience to obtain professional licenses.During a meeting of the senate’s Veterans...

House Democratic leaders work a cafeteria shift to build support for minimum wage hike

Wearing hairnets and plastic gloves, Rep. Jordan Harris and Rep. Joanna McClinton of Philadelphia — the Democratic whip and caucus chair, respectively — stocked Coke bottles and filled foam shells with BBQ chicken at the...

How Pennsylvania is trying to keep younger workers in the state

Pennsylvania is getting grayer by the day. This week on the Capital-Star, we’re exploring why young people are staying and leaving the commonwealth — and what the state can do to keep them. Have...

Should Pennsylvania invest money in organic agriculture? Some lawmakers aren’t so sure

A proposal to spend $1.6 million to help conventional farms convert to organic production methods drew criticism Wednesday from state lawmakers, who said it could pit the commonwealth’s farmers against one another.

This is why some counties are powerhouses for innovation – and others are not...

When it comes to innovation, Santa Clara County, Calif. is way ahead of the rest of the US. Between 2000 and 2015, more than 140,000 patents were granted there – triple the number of the next-ranked county.

By accelerating opportunities for women, we’re building a stronger and more competitive Pa. |...

Gov. Tom Wolf has made creating educational opportunities for women and girls a top priority, First Lady Frances Wolf argues.
Pittsburgh is often portrayed as ground zero for Pennsylvania's population loss.

Don’t fear the brain drain: Why some economists aren’t worried about Pennsylvania’s youth loss

Pennsylvania is getting grayer by the day. This week on the Capital-Star, we’re exploring why young people are staying and leaving the commonwealth — and what the state can do to keep them. Have...

This map explains the depth of America’s affordable housing crisis | Tuesday Morning Coffee

No state has an adequate supply of homes for its poorest renters, a new report concludes

Working together, we can Restore Pa. | Tom Wolf

With Restore Pennsylvania, we can position our commonwealth for success.