economic-issues

‘These are issues that affect our families’: Pa. Dems call on Congress to pass infrastructure bill

BY: - August 26, 2021

Pa. is set to receive $11.3B for highway construction programs and $1.6B for badly needed bridge repairs and replacements

COMMENTARY

Everything we know about work is wrong. The pandemic proved it | John L. Micek

BY: - August 26, 2021

Good policy choices drive down poverty. And American workers, by now accustomed to the new flexibility of the post-pandemic economy, and the regular flow of stimulus checks, are unlikely to want to backtrack on that.

COMMENTARY

Report: Pa.’s billionaires more than doubled their wealth during pandemic | Thursday Morning Coffee

BY: - August 26, 2021

The Keystone State’s 17 billionaires have seen their wealth rise by $33B, or 116%, since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, a new report has found.

COMMENTARY

Research: If you send kids home with food for the weekend, test scores go up | Analysis

BY: - August 26, 2021

'BackPack' programs appear to shrink the gap in test scores between economically disadvantaged and advantaged students by about 15%

With new fund, Catapult Greater Pittsburgh seeks to help Black first time homebuyers

BY: - August 21, 2021

The program seeks to help Black families cover closing costs and down payments for their new home

Pa.’s unemployment rate dropped in July, still above national rate

BY: - August 20, 2021

The state's unemployment rate was down 6.4 percentage points from the same point in July 2020.

Pa. barbers, salons to get $20M in belated pandemic relief

BY: - August 19, 2021

The $20 million comes from a pool of $370 million in federal stimulus money allocated to Gov. Tom Wolf’s office in the 2021-22 budget. He signed the spending plan into law at the end of June.

Tax forms show Philly Pride Presents exhausted funds, had no assets | Analysis

BY: - August 19, 2021

The organization had come under scrutiny for declining to repay some vendors for cancelled events in 2020 and 2021.

COMMENTARY

25 years after welfare reform, we need to ensure a real safety net for Pa. families | Opinion

BY: - August 19, 2021

A fraction of families who need help today can get it, and the help they get is far less generous

Why are some Pittsburgh industries seeing persistent labor shortages?

BY: - August 18, 2021

Economists say Pittsburgh’s demographics are likely playing a part in the lack of workers

AlleCo Port Authority launches mobile pay for Pittsburgh-area buses and inclines

BY: - August 17, 2021

By Lauryn Nania PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh has recently seen an increase in accessibility for non-car transportation with the implementation of additional bike shares, the start of e-scooters, and now, public transit riders will have the option to pay for their fares right from their phones. The Port Authority of Allegheny County announced that on Aug. […]

Philly’s new pandemic mandates have left some businesses frustrated

BY: - August 15, 2021

The mandates put the “burden on businesses” to verify the COVID-19 vaccination status of customers and employees, one community leader says.