Working & The Economy

Pat Albright repurposes a sign to protest the elimination of General Assistance. (Photo by Sarah Anne Hughes)

Cash assistance for disabled Pennsylvanians will be eliminated, as Wolf says he will sign budget bill

BY: - June 28, 2019

The legislation was amended by House Republicans during the budget process to also reauthorize and expand a key Philadelphia hospital assessment that delivers millions in revenue and expires June 30.

Pa. House, Senate Republicans tout looming completion of package of pro-farmer bills

BY: - June 26, 2019

With Farm Show milkshakes in hand (of course), Republican leaders in the state House and Senate gathered in the Capitol rotunda on Wednesday to tout a package of bills that they say reiterates the Legislature’s commitment to Pennsylvania farmers. “I laid out a challenge to my colleagues and to the governor to really step up […]

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How Pa.’s failure to raise the minimum wage will make the housing affordability crisis even worse | John L. Micek

BY: - June 25, 2019

Policy decisions, just like elections, have consequences.

Pat Albright repurposes a sign to protest the elimination of General Assistance. (Photo by Sarah Anne Hughes)

General Assembly moves closer to eliminating cash assistance for disabled Pennsylvanians

BY: - June 25, 2019

A state Senate Committee voted along party lines Monday to eliminate a cash assistance program for disabled Pennsylvanians.

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Pa.’s women and families will benefit from a higher minimum wage. Here’s how | Frances Wolf

BY: - June 24, 2019

A $15 minimum wage would boost wages for 2 million low-wage workers, of which 61 percent are women.

Pat Albright repurposes a sign to protest the elimination of General Assistance. (Photo by Sarah Anne Hughes)

Will cash assistance for disabled adults be a budget casualty?

BY: - June 21, 2019

The thousands of people who are on General Assistance won't have to wait much longer to find out what their future holds. Gov. Tom Wolf and the Legislature are on track to finish a budget deal by or before the June 30 deadline.

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How raising the minimum wage helps get people work their way off public assistance | Opinion

BY: - June 21, 2019

Pennsylvania has fallen asleep at the wheel when it comes to protecting low-income workers from slipping into a cycle of poverty.

How a bill to eliminate cash assistance for disabled Pennsylvanians turned into ‘Faustian’ budget dilemma

BY: - June 21, 2019

The bill now extends a Medicaid-related tax on hospitals that will funnel a projected $110 million into Philadelphia’s hospitals and the city’s coffers.

Affordable housing bill unanimously clears key Senate committee hurdle

BY: - June 19, 2019

A bill that expands the state's affordable housing trust fund passed a Senate committee unanimously Wednesday.

Moo-ve over skim milk: These lawmakers are udderly serious about bringing back whole milk

BY: - June 19, 2019

Surrounded by sash-wearing dairy princesses, lawmakers gulping down chocolate milk, and a sea of concerned farmers and their families, allies of Pennsylvania’s dairy industry made a plea in the Capitol Tuesday on behalf of the country’s school children — let them drink milk. Whole milk, that is. In 2010, the Democratic-controlled U.S. Congress pushed through […]

New United Way report reveals the hidden struggles of working Pennsylvanians

BY: - June 18, 2019

Thousands of Pennsylvanians, maybe your neighbors, are struggling every day to make ends meet.