economic-issues

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Raise the minimum wage to chip away at the legacy of white supremacy | Kadida Kenner

BY: - April 10, 2019

By Kadida Kenner If we are ever to solve the moral dilemma of pay inequity in Pennsylvania, let alone the nation, we must first confront one of the most prevailing causes—white supremacy. Pay inequity is deeply-rooted in American history and continues to keep women and people of color relegated to a form of second-class citizenship. […]

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This map drives home America’s growing economic divide | Tuesday Morning Coffee

BY: - April 9, 2019

The 1 percent is doing more damage than you thought.

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Amateurs? College athletes make money for everyone but themselves | Opinion

BY: - April 9, 2019

As March Madness winds up, a sports scholar examines new information that shows how college athletes make money for their schools, coaches and corporations – but not themselves.

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It’s time to make childcare affordable for everyone – not just a select few | Opinion

BY: - April 9, 2019

Childcare, especially for infants, is an integral part of early childhood development.

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Pa.’s nuke industry doesn’t want a bailout. It wants a handout | Opinion

BY: - April 5, 2019

By Michael Peters Pennsylvanians across the commonwealth are starting to receive direct mail and see headlines about the nuclear industry and its stated need for a bailout to keep its plants open. Bills in the state House and Senate would do just that. Let’s be clear: If state lawmakers go along with this, it won’t […]

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These are the top 5 most — and least — financially literate states in the country

BY: - April 5, 2019

Do you have money tucked away for a rainy day? Have you cultivated sustainable spending habits? Or do you find yourself borrowing money to make it to the next paycheck? Those were among the metrics that the number crunchers at the financial literacy site WalletHub took into account as they put together their list of […]

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Why pay transparency alone won’t eliminate the persistent wage gap between men and women | Opinion

BY: - April 2, 2019

Companies can resolve to do something about pay inequity - either with or without pay transparency. Transparency without management action tends to just annoy the lower-paid employees.

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This is how state power regulators are making utilities account for the costs of climate change | Opinion

BY: - April 2, 2019

States are folding the social and economic costs of burning fossil fuels into their electricity policies, giving utilities a financial incentive to reduce greenhouse emissions.

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Equal Pay Day: Here’s how Pa.’s gender pay gap stacks up to the rest of the country | The Numbers Racket

BY: - April 2, 2019

According to Census data, the median income for a woman working full-time is 80 percent of that earned by a man.

Promoting trade jobs is front and center in package of Pa. House bills

BY: - March 29, 2019

House Republicans trumpeted the passage of a slew of workforce development bills this week — a top priority for the chamber's leadership and what they hope will be an easy sell to Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf.

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Show me the data. Here’s the argument for raising Pa.’s minimum wage | Opinion

BY: - March 28, 2019

Pennsylvania lawmakers can raise the state’s minimum wage and be confident that it will boost workers’ incomes, reduce poverty, and sustain—not undercut—state job growth.

Majority of Pennsylvania voters favor raising the minimum wage to $12 an hour, new poll shows

BY: - March 28, 2019

A majority of Pennsylvania voters strongly or somewhat support Gov. Tom Wolf's call to raise the minimum wage to $12 an hour, a new poll from Franklin & Marshall College shows.