economic-disparities

COMMENTARY

Harrisburg should not pass up this opportunity to invest in the Black economy | Opinion

BY: - June 24, 2021

With $10 billion at their disposal this budget season, Pa. lawmakers have a generational chance to improve the Commonwealth. They must invest in Black-owned businesses.

COMMENTARY

Poll: Pa. should use stim funds to help low-income Black, Brown & white households | Monday Morning Coffee

BY: - June 21, 2021

The pandemic made inequality worse. Pa. residents want state government to help fix it.

COMMENTARY

It’s time to give Pa. a raise: Lawmakers, Wolf should not wait to increase the minimum wage | Opinion

BY: - June 21, 2021

People’s struggles to pay for fundamentals like housing have been made even more evident over the last 15 months.

COMMENTARY

Connecting low-income families to high-speed internet: Let’s learn from past failures and build on what works | Opinion

BY: - June 4, 2021

Philadelphians and all Americans have seen too much time and money wasted on projects that sound good but fail to deliver.

COMMENTARY

Change universities to change capitalism | Opinion

BY: - May 26, 2021

Producing a truly more humane and effective system will also require changing American higher education.

COMMENTARY

Barber, Poor People’s Campaign call for ‘3rd Reconstruction’ | Tuesday Morning Coffee

BY: - May 25, 2021

The question posed by the Rev. Dr. William Barber on the real cost of inequality, and the toll it exacts on all of us, demands an answer.

COMMENTARY

We need to close the digital divide in Pa.’s communities of color | Andrea Custis

BY: - May 14, 2021

A permanent broadband benefit would rightfully place broadband access in the same category as food, healthcare, and education – things that all Americans count on for survival and basic opportunity.

How rising rents and renovations have displaced Pittsburghers and added to the city’s ongoing issues with gentrification

BY: - May 4, 2021

As Pittsburgh draws more jobs in the tech and health care fields, it becomes a more desirable city for real estate investment wishing to profit off of neighborhoods’ increased area median incomes.

COMMENTARY

Why Black and Hispanic small-business owners have been so badly hit in the pandemic recession | Analysis

BY: - February 26, 2021

With fewer funds to fall back on, minority-owned enterprises have struggled in the recession. To make things worse, many are in sectors that have been badly hit by lockdowns.

Blacks, Hispanics more than twice as likely to experience financial pain from COVID-19 | The Numbers Racket

BY: - October 19, 2020

The survey found that overall, one-in-four U.S. adults have had trouble paying their bills since the outbreak began, a third have dipped into their savings or retirement accounts, and about one-in-six have had to borrow money from friends or family members or got food from a food bank. 

Wolf administration task force offers slew of recommendations to close racial, economic disparities revealed by pandemic

BY: - August 13, 2020

On Thursday, that panel, formally known as the Health Disparities Task Force, released its final report. Sprawling across 34-pages and six topic areas, it detailed more than 50 recommendations for Gov. Tom Wolf to review and act upon.