‘These are issues that affect our families’: Pa. Dems call on Congress to pass infrastructure bill
Pa. is set to receive $11.3B for highway construction programs and $1.6B for badly needed bridge repairs and replacements
Everything we know about work is wrong. The pandemic proved it | John L. Micek
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.
Report: Pa.’s billionaires more than doubled their wealth during pandemic | Thursday Morning Coffee
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.
Research: If you send kids home with food for the weekend, test scores go up | Analysis
'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
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
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
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
The organization had come under scrutiny for declining to repay some vendors for cancelled events in 2020 and 2021.
25 years after welfare reform, we need to ensure a real safety net for Pa. families | Opinion
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?
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 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
The mandates put the “burden on businesses” to verify the COVID-19 vaccination status of customers and employees, one community leader says.