Working & The Economy

COMMENTARY

Yes, it’s a time of giving. But it needs to last throughout the year | Lloyd E. Sheaffer

BY: - December 20, 2019

Many of charitable institutions are worthy of support now and throughout the year. But they can't do it all alone, all of the time.

U.S. House Dems decry Trump’s food stamp cuts: ‘Ebenezer Scrooge would be proud’

BY: - December 19, 2019

The administration estimates that about 688,000 people nationwide will lose access to nutrition benefits under the new regulation.

COMMENTARY

Why is Pittsburgh still dogged by sluggish job growth? Take a closer look at the city’s economic policies | Opinion

BY: - December 19, 2019

The year-over-year loss – a decline of 0.3 percent – is the first since August 2016, when jobs dipped by 1,900 from August 2015. And it’s not as if Pittsburgh’s slide mirrors what is going on elsewhere

Undeterred by Wolf’s deadline, House GOP weighs a path forward for minimum wage hike

BY: - December 18, 2019

A House Republican who’s key to the approval of the state’s first minimum wage hike in more than a decade isn’t saying no to that hike -- but he isn’t saying yes either.

Wells Fargo pays $10M to settle lawsuit over discriminatory lending practices in Philadelphia

BY: - December 17, 2019

Wells Fargo will shell out $10 million to settle a city lawsuit that alleged the megabank engaged in discriminatory lending practices against Black people and other minorities in Philadelphia. The San Francisco-based bank will fund affordable housing programs in Philadelphia but admit no wrongdoing over the civil rights lawsuit the city filed in 2017, the Kenney administration said […]

Pa’s Houlahan: Deal on paid family leave for federal employees is ‘huge news” for American families   

BY: - December 11, 2019

By Allison Winter WASHINGTON — Lawmakers have reached a landmark agreement on paid parental leave for federal workers that could institute paid time off for civilian employees for the first time. The measure would give federal workers 12 weeks of paid leave to care for a newborn or adopted child — extending the same benefits […]

Philly Mayor Jim Kenney pushes back rollout of ‘fair workweek’ law as critics cry foul

BY: - December 11, 2019

The Kenney administration postponed the full rollout of the new labor protections to July 1, with part of the law going into effect earlier.

Democrats, Trump declare victory on massive UMCA trade deal

BY: - December 10, 2019

The news came as Trump traveled to a key 2020 battleground state -- Pennsylvania -- and on the same day the House delivered impeachment articles.

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Payday lenders have embraced installment loans to evade regulations – but they may be even worse

BY: - December 10, 2019

Use of installment loans has grown dramatically in recent years – all without the regulatory scrutiny that tamped down on abuses in the payday loan market.

Under threat from mayor, City Council agrees to push back start date of changes to tax abatement

BY: - December 5, 2019

On Thursday, City Council advanced a proposal to phase out the subsidy incrementally for residential construction, with the legislation going into effect on Dec. 31, 2020.

Philly’s real estate industry mobilizes to lobby City Council on 10-year tax abatement proposal

BY: - December 3, 2019

The draft bill, proposed by Council President Darrell Clarke, would grant property owners the full 100 percent tax abatement in the first year, then cut the size of the subsidy to 90 percent in the second year, 80 percent in the third year, 70 percent in the fourth year, and so on.

Black-owned firms make up larger share of Philadelphia’s businesses than previously reported

BY: - December 3, 2019

The figure still doesn’t match up with city demographics, where Blacks are 44 percent of the population, whites are 34 percent, Latinos are 15 percent, and Asians are 8 percent.