Pennsylvania Capitol Building. May 24, 2022. Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

Democratic changes to Pa. budget bill that boost tax cuts, film credits anger House GOP

BY: - October 4, 2023

A tax reform bill that would hasten cuts to Pennsylvania’s corporate tax rate and allow businesses to deduct a greater share of their losses drew the ire of House Republicans after it passed Tuesday night.  Although the legislation includes policies with bipartisan support, GOP leaders criticized Democrats, who control the state House, for amending the […]

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%.

Government benefits can reduce child poverty. DBenitostock/Moment via Getty Images

Child poverty estimates point to a record low in 2021 | Opinion

BY: - September 6, 2022

Here's how it could have been even lower.


Child tax credit’s end means many families will struggle to put food on the table | Opinion

BY: - January 25, 2022

The payments were widely credited with bringing about huge declines in poverty and malnutrition.


Why won’t Congress just extend the child tax credit? | Opinion

BY: - January 21, 2022

Proponents of using the child tax credit to alleviate poverty need to reach an agreement with those who insist that it must encourage low-income parents to work.


Congress must raise taxes on the wealthy to pay for Build Back Better | Opinion

BY: - November 14, 2021

From small towns and downtowns, more of us are also reckoning with our nation’s deep racial injustices and disparities, and seeking ways to right those wrongs.

Teacher and students in a classroom.

Report: Federal spending on children rose to 4-year high in 2021 | Friday Morning Coffee

BY: - November 12, 2021

The share of federal spending on children rose to 11.2 percent in 2021, a 3.5 percent increase over 2020, a new report concludes.


I’m disabled and on a fixed income. The child tax credit is helping me make ends meet | Opinion

BY: - October 29, 2021

I used the August CTC payment to buy him new clothes and shoes, especially to keep him warm as winter approaches.


We need education — not misinformation — on the child tax credit | Opinion

BY: - October 17, 2021

We can’t fix economic inequality with the wave of a wand. But the child tax credit and its potential permanence is a step in the right direction.

With thousands eligible, Philly Mayor Kenney, schools chief Hite urge city parents to claim child tax credit

BY: - June 28, 2021

Starting next month, more than 90 percent of Philadelphia families with children will be eligible for new monthly payments from the federal government of $250 or $300 per child from the Child Tax Credit.

‘That is how we will lift up our nation’s middle class’: In Pgh, VP Harris touts child tax credit

BY: - June 21, 2021

In her first visit to Pittsburgh since becoming vice president, Harris met with children in a summer camp program at a neighborhood rec center.


How lifting children out of poverty today will help them tomorrow | Opinion

BY: - April 27, 2021

Many studies conducted in recent years show that lifting children from the burdens of poverty has the potential to improve their health and ability to get a good education.