Working & The Economy

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Is Congress about to make child care more affordable? 5 questions answered | Analysis

BY: - March 3, 2019

Working class families have struggled for years to afford quality child care. Could the newly proposed Child Care for Working Families Act make a difference? A child care policy scholar weighs in.

February revenues slightly below expectations for PA

BY: - March 1, 2019

Pennsylvania collected $2 billion in tax revenues in February, or just a tenth of a percent less than expected. Tax revenue, compared to last year, is up $1.1 billion on 2018 — or 5.7 percent greater. Both corporate taxes and sales taxes were larger than expected in February. Corporate taxes brought in $116.4 million — […]

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Top Pa. Senate Dem launches anti-poverty bills. Is this the AOC effect in Harrisburg? | Friday Morning Coffee

BY: - March 1, 2019

A Philadelphia Democrat wants his colleagues to be required to consider the impact of their policies on the poorest Pennsylvanians,

It’s not just Republicans talking about cutting regulations in Harrisburg

BY: - March 1, 2019

(*This story was updated to reflect that the bill language while modeled after Virginia, does not have a set percentage of regulations to cut yet. It was also updated with comment from the the Department of State.) Two freshmen lawmakers are proposing a bill, modeled of one recently passed in Virginia, to slash state regulations […]

Cash assistance for disabled adults is back. One Republican says the House won’t fund it

BY: - March 1, 2019

Before members of the House Appropriations Committee could ask questions of the state’s Human Services secretary Thursday, Rep. Stan Saylor wanted to get something off his chest. About that recently revived cash assistance program? The House isn’t “interested” in funding it, the York Republican told Secretary Teresa Miller. Saylor was referencing the General Assistance program, […]

Pennsylvania is a pretty good place to raise a baby, new report finds

BY: - February 28, 2019

Pennsylvania is making progress at encouraging strong families, and becoming a state where infants and toddlers can grow up in good health and encounter positive early learning experiences, a new report has found. The Keystone State is listed among 13 states, including neighboring New Jersey and Ohio, that are “improving outcomes” when it comes to raising […]

House lawmakers still have questions about Pennsylvania’s Amazon incentives package

BY: - February 28, 2019

Pennsylvania didn’t land Amazon’s much-coveted second headquarters, but lawmakers still have questions about the $4.5 billion incentive deal state officials put together. Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin faced questions from Rep. Leanne Krueger, D-Delaware, on the state’s fiscal goodie bag for the online retail giant during a House Appropriations Committee hearing […]

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The Pa., Pittsburgh & Philly jobs picture: Losing ground | Opinion

BY: - February 28, 2019

A conservative scholar takes a look at 10-year job changes across the state and in the Philly and Pittsburgh regions.

State gambling oversight agency sees revenue potential in online sports bets

BY: - February 27, 2019

Allowing Pennsylvanians to place sports bets online could mean increased revenue for the state, a Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board official told lawmakers Wednesday. “The information we’re receiving is that the online component is popular and can exceed the amount of revenue obtained from a retail side,” Executive Director Kevin O’Toole said during a House Appropriations […]

Pennsylvania has one of the best welfare-to-work education programs in the country. Could it help more parents?

BY: - February 27, 2019

Lisa Ortiz’s new life began the day her old one almost ended. After her partner beat her nearly to death, Ortiz lost her job with the Reading School District. She and her two young children were forced to move into a YMCA shelter. “I didn’t have anything,” she told the Capital-Star. Shelter workers told her […]

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The soaring cost of U.S. child care, in 5 charts | Opinion

BY: - February 27, 2019

Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren is proposing universal child care as a way to rein in the soaring costs of raising a family. A sociologist explains what’s driving the trend.

Wolf “welcomes discussion” with Legislature on his minimum wage hike

BY: - February 26, 2019

The state's minimum, which is the same as the federal minimum, has not been raised since 2009.