Pgh City Council approves plan to spend $335M in federal COVID-19 aid
The city will earmark $7 million for an initiative aimed at strengthening Black businesses and neighborhoods.
‘I’m not tired of standing up. Are you?’ As deadline looms, progressives push their budget agenda | Thursday Morning Coffee
With less than a week to go before the end of the fiscal year, progressives press the case to spend a $10 billion windfall on those who need it most.
Philly biz leaders, advocates call for $20M infusion of stimulus cash help Black businesses, community
The focus on targeted funding comes as the U.S. has lost an estimated 40 percent of Black-owned businesses due to the pandemic.
Survey: Pa. School officials overwhelmingly say they will use COVID relief money to fill a year of lost learning | Tuesday Morning Coffee
Good Tuesday Morning, Fellow Seekers. Nearly nine in 10 school officials statewide (87.7 percent) say they plan to use $6 billion in federal COVID-19 relief money to fill the gaps created by a year of lost learning and to purchase the technology to assist in that learning, according to a new survey. The poll of […]
Poll: Majorities of Pa. voters support Biden’s ‘Build Back’ agenda | Wednesday Morning Coffee
The poll, conducted by the progressive group Data for Progress, is still the first significant pulse-taking on Biden's agenda in a critical battleground state.
Pandemic-stricken mass transit would get $85B in Biden stimulus plan. That’s a down payment on reviving American cities | Opinion
Even before COVID-19, transit agencies lacked the money to maintain their systems.
Fiscal experts to states on stimulus cash: Don’t spend it all in one place | Thursday Morning Coffee
States should consider what their budgets will look like after the stimulus funding expires, experts warn.
Pittsburgh, Philly to share in federal recovery cash rolling out states, cities & counties
The funds will boost the budgets of not just states but thousands of U.S. cities and counties—unlike the first pandemic relief bill passed in 2020, which gave money to only states and larger local governments.
Biden a transformational president? We’ve heard It before | Fletcher McClellan
We will know that Biden has reconstructed politics if the American public believes government can be a solution to and not the cause of the nation’s ills.
With stimulus money flowing to Pa. schools, we need to help students catch up | Opinion
What comes next? Our students do, now and always.
Transitional? Biden is on his way to being the most transformational president in decades | John L. Micek
With the plan Biden unveiled Wednesday, we're being presented with that very opportunity, to hearken to our higher angels, and to aspire the way our parents and grandparents did.
Collapsing union pension plans win long-sought help from rescue package; How Pa. benefits
The $1.9 trillion pandemic relief measure included $86 billion that will be used for grants to help shore up the most troubled of those pension funds, covering the cost of retiree benefits for the next 30 years.