Working & The Economy

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Show me the data. Here’s the argument for raising Pa.’s minimum wage | Opinion

BY: - March 28, 2019

Pennsylvania lawmakers can raise the state’s minimum wage and be confident that it will boost workers’ incomes, reduce poverty, and sustain—not undercut—state job growth.

Majority of Pennsylvania voters favor raising the minimum wage to $12 an hour, new poll shows

BY: - March 28, 2019

A majority of Pennsylvania voters strongly or somewhat support Gov. Tom Wolf's call to raise the minimum wage to $12 an hour, a new poll from Franklin & Marshall College shows.

Pa. House and Senate Democrats, Gov. Wolf tout bills fighting workplace harassment, discrimination

BY: - March 26, 2019

House and Senate Democrats gathered Tuesday to roll out a package of bills they say would ensure a safe and equitable workplace for all state residents.

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

BY: - March 25, 2019

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 the General Assembly in 2012, during the Corbett administration. That law was struck down last year by the state Supreme […]

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

BY: - March 25, 2019

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 Affairs Committee, Sen. Camera Bartolotta, R-, Washington, said that military veterans have valuable skills that aren’t always recognized in the […]

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

BY: - March 21, 2019

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 Capitol’s cafeteria Thursday morning to show solidarity with state food service workers. “We’re both about building consensus,” McClinton said. “And if we’re […]

How Pennsylvania is trying to keep younger workers in the state

BY: , and - March 21, 2019

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 a story to tell? Email us. Pennsylvania is getting older. Between 2017 and 2025, the number of working-age Pennsylvanians (those between 20 […]

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

BY: - March 20, 2019

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.

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

BY: - March 20, 2019

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.

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

BY: - March 20, 2019

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

BY: - March 19, 2019

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 a story to tell? Email us. In the 1990s, a business development group in Pittsburgh issued a casting call for a character […]

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

BY: - March 19, 2019

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