economic-issues

COMMENTARY

The ongoing fight over raising the minimum wage shows why the data is so important | Opinion

BY: - October 22, 2021

Studying the real world is difficult, and it’s constantly changing, so it is not easy to obtain all the relevant evidence

COMMENTARY

Expanded childcare key to returning Pa. women to post-pandemic workforce | Thursday Morning Coffee

BY: - October 21, 2021

'Child care is a persistent, ongoing problem that needs our immediate attention if our economic recovery is to continue,' one advocate said.

Pa. home energy assistance program begins for 2021-22 winter season

BY: - October 18, 2021

LIHEAP, a federally funded program administered by the state Department of Human Services, received a funding boost from the American Rescue Plan Act, increasing LIHEAP’s minimum grant of $200 to $500 and the maximum from $1,000 to $1,500 for the 2021-22 season. 

COMMENTARY

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.

Advocates, elected officials call on UPMC to raise wages and improve community outreach

BY: - September 30, 2021

'At UPMC, Black workers, particularly Black women workers, are concentrated in the hospital jobs that pay their lowest wages,' one activist said

COMMENTARY

When baseball is like economics: A wealth tax is a home run | Marty Marks

BY: - September 28, 2021

People who benefit more from the system reasonably can be expected to pay more for the advantages the system begets.

COMMENTARY

More Americans couldn’t get enough to eat in 2020. The middle class was hit hardest | Opinion

BY: - September 27, 2021

Food insufficiency rates rose across the board, researchers who analyzed government data found. But food banks did help.

As Harrisburg Republicans craft fall agenda, their allies are asking for more

BY: - September 23, 2021

Abortion opponents, gun right advocates, and spending hawks are all pushing for their proposals to be front and center

Wolf business waiver program inconsistent and could be gamed, audit finds

BY: - September 14, 2021

The report, however, ruled out any foul play, Auditor General Tim DeFoor's office concluded

Report: Indigenous women in the U.S. earn 60 cents on the dollar

BY: - September 13, 2021

In 19 of the 32 states with sufficient data, Native women are paid at least $20K less per year than white men.

COMMENTARY

Student loan debt is crushing Americans: 4 essential reads | Analysis

BY: - September 12, 2021

What practical effect will debt relief have, not only on individual borrowers but society and the economy as a whole?

Autonomous vehicle start-up Aurora names PGH as site of its corporate HQ

BY: - September 9, 2021

The majority of its 1,600 employees will work in Aurora’s facility in Pittsburgh’s Strip District, the company said.