Child poverty dropped to a record low last year. A new report shows how to keep it that way

BY: - March 5, 2023

Sixteen out of 20 states that haven’t raised the minimum wage higher than the federal minimum of $7.25 have a child poverty rate above 12%.

One of Pittsburghs famed yellow bridges (Brookings Institution image).

Can Pa. reclaim its status as an economic powerhouse? | Friday Morning Coffee

BY: - October 21, 2022

The commonwealth boasts powerhouse research universities, and a diverse and talented workforce that should put it on the map as nationwide leader. But, as a new report makes clear, for a combination of reasons, the state hasn’t been able to convert on those opportunities, and is “emerging from the pandemic with a set of middling […]

A look at Pa.’s millennial population | The Numbers Racket

BY: - June 27, 2022

According to Brookings Institution data, in the Harrisburg-Carlisle metro area, millennials make up 22.1 percent of the population. 


‘It is a heavy load to carry’: New Brookings report recommends pay hikes, labor reforms for essential workers | Friday Morning Coffee

BY: - March 19, 2021

'Sometimes it feels like you are carrying a car up a mountain,' one essential worker said of the burden of the pandemic.