Economy


Cumru Twp, PA - June 1: The Sheetz gas station and convenience store on Lancaster Pike In Cumru Township Tuesday morning June 1, 2021. (Photo by Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images)
Sheetz Slashing Gas Prices to as Low as $3.49/Gallon Ahead of July 4th

The Altoona-based convenience store and gas station chain is providing relief for pain at the pump through Independence Day.

FILE - A man pumps gas at a mini-mart in Pittsburgh on June 15, 2022. As the challenges confronting President Joe Biden intensify, his predictions of a rosy political future for the Democratic Party are growing bolder. The assessments, delivered in speeches, fundraisers and conversations with friends and allies, seem at odds with a country that he acknowledged this week was “really, really down,” burdened by a pandemic, surging gas prices and spiking inflation. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
Pennsylvania Dems Introduce Plan to Suspend State’s Gas Tax and Push Anti-Price Gouging Laws

State. Sen Lisa Boscola introduced a plan this week to suspend the state’s 57.6-cent-per gallon gas tax—the highest in the nation—for two months in order to reduce the cost of gas in the commonwealth. Boscola’s bill will require approval by the Republican-led legislature to become law.

Shown are eegs at a grocery store in Roslyn, Pa., Tuesday, June 15, 2021. Wholesale prices, boosted by rising food costs, increased 0.8% in May, and are up by a record amount over the past year, another indication that inflation pressures are rising since the economy has begun to re-open following the pandemic lockdowns. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
All of Pennsylvania’s Republican Reps. Voted Against Bill Aimed at Lowering Gas and Grocery Prices

The Lower Food & Fuel Costs Act passed the US House despite all nine of Pennsylvania’s GOP representatives voting against it.

WILKES-BARRE, PENNSYLVANIA - A Sunoco gas pump reading shows more than $54 as a man pumps gas. (Photo by Aimee Dilger/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Average Gas Price in Pennsylvania Now Tops $5 Per Gallon

Pennsylvanians are now paying an average of $5.03 for a gallon of regular gas. That’s a spike of more than 50 cents per gallon since last month.

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By the Numbers: The Cost and Affordability of Child Care in Pennsylvania

Child care is costly and one of the biggest expenses families face, but it is an essential element of infrastructure. Most families with working parents need someone to take care of their children while they’re at work.

Gas prices are displayed at a filling station in Philadelphia, Thursday, March 10, 2022. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
All of PA’s Congressional Republicans Voted Against Gas Price Gouging Bill

The US House of Representatives passed a bill that would outlaw gas price gouging during an energy emergency. The commonwealth’s lawmakers voted along party lines, with all Dems voting for and Republican reps voting against.

FILE - In this April 14, 2016, file photo, union organizers, students, and supporters for a $15 an hour wage march through the Oakland section Pittsburgh. Modest income growth for most Americans, strikes by fast-food workers, and the rapid growth of low-paying jobs at the same time middle-income work shrinks have combined to make the minimum wage a top economic issue for the 2016 campaign. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)
As the Primary Election Draws Near, Here’s Where the Governor Candidates Stand on Pa.’s Minimum Wage

Democratic lawmakers and Gov. Tom Wolf have proposed an increase to the commonwealth’s minimum wage every year but the legislation never passes. With a new governor on the horizon, what is the future of the minimum wage in Pennsylvania?