Workers install a power plant transmission tower in Houston in 2022. Labor productivity fell in most states last year, even in key large states such as California and Texas (Brandon Bell/Getty Images).

Workers are less productive in key states. Here’s what that means for the economy | Analysis

BY: - June 7, 2023

Even states that have led productivity in recent years had decreases between 2021 and 2022.

The U.S. Capitol Building on June 1, 2023 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

Was the debt ceiling compromise a good deal? And for whom? | Fletcher McClellan

BY: - June 7, 2023

Inside the Beltway, a manufactured crisis ended. For the poor, the climate, and students, real-life crises just got worse.

Customers shop for fresh fruits and vegetables at Campbell’s Market, April 24, 2023, in McArthur, Ohio. Campbell’s has worked to provide healthy food options to the McArthur community. (Photo by Graham Stokes for the Ohio Capital Journal).

Dollar stores, giant grocery chains push healthy food out of reach for many, activists say

BY: - June 6, 2023

Walmart, Amazon, and Kroger already control a huge amount of the nation’s grocery business.

Rocket Blasting Off as people watch

Pa. boosts investments in state’s ‘growing space ecosystem’ | Friday Morning Coffee

BY: - June 2, 2023

Boldly going where no one has gone before ... or Pittsburgh, because it's closer.

Some states began disenrolling people from Medicaid earlier than others, with health policy researcher KFF finding nearly 500,000 in 11 states have lost their health insurance. (Getty Images)

Half a million people in less than a dozen states have lost Medicaid coverage since April

BY: - June 2, 2023

The lowest disenrollments were in Idaho, Pennsylvania, and Nebraska, data showed.

Black borrowers hold a disproportionate share of student loan debt, and many likely were recipients of Pell Grants.

U.S. Senate votes to block student loan relief, White House will veto

BY: - June 1, 2023

The 52-46 vote forced vulnerable Senate Democrats up for reelection in 2024 to take a public stance on loan forgiveness

As HBG prepares to clear unhoused encampment, occupants wait, wonder what comes next

BY: - June 1, 2023

Resident must leave the encampment along the Capital Greenbelt on Thursday.

Baby toddler early development. Wooden stack and count rainbow colors learning game. Child learn colors and numbers

Biz leaders: Pa.’s child care crisis costing state, employers billions | Thursday Morning Coffee

BY: - June 1, 2023

More than 50 chambers of commerce are calling Shapiro, lawmakers for help closing access, affordability gaps.

The latest ‘right to repair’ law is the broadest one yet | Analysis

BY: - May 31, 2023

Minnesota is the fourth state to require manufacturers to share parts and repair information.


More states line up to serve free school meals to all kids

BY: - May 30, 2023

Universal free meals during the pandemic removed the ‘free-lunch kid’ stigma.


Broadband access for all starts with transparent data | Opinion

BY: - May 30, 2023

Decision makers should use every resource available to make informed choices about which areas of the state need broadband grant funding.

A "No Arena" sign at the corner of N.12th and Vine Streets in Philadelphia on May 8, 2023

‘Our voices will be heard’: Philly’s Chinatown mobilizes against 76ers arena plan

BY: - May 28, 2023

How neighbors, advocates and students are fighting a plan to move the NBA franchise to Center City from South Philly.