We need education — not misinformation — on the child tax credit | Opinion
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.
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.
What COVID windfall? States have been slow to spend stimulus cash, report | Thursday Morning Coffee
Good Thursday Morning, Fellow Seekers. A missed opportunity. That’s how Pennsylvania House Minority Leader Joanna McClinton, D-Philadelphia, characterized the decision by the Legislature’s Republican majority to bank $5 billion out of $7 billion in federal stimulus funds, instead of spending it on the most vulnerable Pennsylvanians. “It’s always good to prevent tax hikes on working families, and we […]
Philadelphia officials demand more action to reduce gun violence
Sen. Sharif Street choked up discussing his cousin-in-law’s murder. April, Street’s wife, left the news conference at one point, sat beside a nearby statue, and cried.
‘I’m not tired of standing up. Are you?’ As deadline looms, progressives push their budget agenda | Thursday Morning Coffee
With less than a week to go before the end of the fiscal year, progressives press the case to spend a $10 billion windfall on those who need it most.
Philly Sen. Hughes says he’s ‘deathly afraid’ GOP will squander $10B in surplus, federal stimulus
Hughes said the state’s revenue surplus combined with the federal pandemic funding was the largest influx of capital into the economy since President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
The pandemic changed a lot. But not the partisan debate over paid leave | Thursday Morning Coffee
Just 14 states and Washington D.C. now mandate paid leave. Democratic bills in the Pa. House and Senate seek to change that.
In Harrisburg and D.C., fresh pushes to reduce gun violence. Will they work? | Tuesday Morning Coffee
As he heads for the exits, Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey makes one more push on gun violence reduction.
Dems float eviction moratorium plan: ‘We want people to live and thrive in their homes’
"We really must embrace those living on the margins with a significant amount of humanity and allow them to get back on their feet," state Sen. Vincent Hughes, D-Philadelphia, said.
Pa. Senate Dems roll out $4B debt-funded COVID-19 relief package
Democrats urged the 50-member chamber's Republican majority to come to the table early to begin negotiating the contours of the relief plan.
Hughes: It’s ‘a crime to have $1.3B sitting around’; Ahead of budget debate, Senate Dems release plan for unspent CARES cash
With round two of this year’s budget debate looming, Senate Democrats have rolled out their plan to spend $1.3 billion in unspent federal COVID-19 relief funds.
Pa. awards $96 million in first round of COVID-19 relief grants to small businesses
There were nearly 50,000 applicants for the first round of grants, CDFI officials said, showing the need for assistance. Ultimately, 4,933 recipients were chosen.