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Travelers boarding a train at Amtrak's Penn Station, Aug. 6, 2020, in New York. If Congress moves and approves President Joe Biden's plan to increase Amtrak funding, folks at Penn Station could one day board a train to Scranton. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
The Little City That Could: How Proposed Amtrak Rail Could Boost Scranton

Native son President Joe Biden could help the Electric City by boosting funding for Amtrak in his American Jobs Plan.

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry Office in Erie in March 2020. (Shutterstock Photo/Kendra Brown)
Pennsylvania Promises Quicker, Easier Jobless Claims System

The new system is based on what officials said is modern software to replace an "obsolete 40-year-old mainframe legacy system."

A man holds a sign that says "I lost my job because of coronavirus." Hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians have lost their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic and related business closures. The American Rescue Plan extends unemployment benefits to help them  through September. (Shutterstock Photo/Nata Bene)
What Does the COVID Relief Package Mean for Pennsylvania’s Unemployed?

Approximately 10% of Pennsylvania’s workforce will benefit from the unemployment program extension included in the American Rescue Plan.

Barbara Coleman speaks during a Zoom call about the minimum wage on Monday, Feb. 22, 2021. Coleman earns less than $15 per hour as a certified nursing assistant in a nursing home, a position in which she helps residents shower or bathe, get ready for meals, go out for walks, and do other basic life tasks. (Screenshot)
Pennsylvania Democrats, Labor Leaders Not Giving Up on $15 Minimum Wage

State legislators and members of Pennsylvania's congressional delegation are working to garner support for different pieces of legislation that would raise the minimum wage.

caravans of fast food workers circling McDonald's in demands for an increase in minimum wage
Democrats Introduce a Bill To Raise the Minimum Wage—A New Study Says That Could Help Save Infant Lives

The bill would double the federal minimum wage. A new study says it could also help reduce infant mortalities.

Gov. Tom Wolf talks about his economic agenda for 2021, including increasing the minimum wage. (Flickr/Office of Gov. Tom Wolf)
Wolf Pushes $15 Minimum Wage While Introducing Economic Agenda

While announcing his proposed Pennsylvania state budget, Wolf argued the state should increase its minimum wage to $15. He tried to combat the argument that the increase would hurt businesses.

menus at a restaurant closed due to COVID shutdowns
Despite Claims to the Contrary, Data Shows Shutdowns Weren’t the Major Force Behind Job Losses

New data shows people in the United States started staying at home before government officials ordered any shutdowns.