Category Archives: Economic Justice

Giving the Local Economy a Boost: The Impact of Raising the Pennsylvania Minimum Wage to $10.10 Per Hour by County

Posted at http://keystoneresearch.org/countywageboost Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and the General Assembly are currently considering proposals to raise the state’s minimum hourly wage. This Policy Watch examines the local impact of a minimum wage increase to $10.10 per hour.  On the right … Continue reading

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Inequality and the Estate Tax: What You Need to Know

Posted at http://www.foreffectivegov.org/blog/inequality-and-estate-tax-what-you-need-know The high concentration of wealth in the United States is approaching levels not seen since the 1920s. Back then, business titans accumulated incredible personal wealth, and many feared this would undermine our democracy. In response, Congress created … Continue reading

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Report: Fortune 500 Corporations Avoid Paying Billions in U.S. Taxes

Posted at http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2015-04-20/budget-policy-and-priorities/report-fortune-500-corporations-avoid-paying-billions-in-u-s-taxes/a45822-1 April 20, 2015 – Dan Heyman, Public News Service (PA) Play Audio in Browser Window HARRISBURG, Pa. – Congressional hearings in the past few years made headlines exposing how Apple and Microsoft moved money overseas to avoid … Continue reading

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Home Matters Day 2015—May 6, Harrisburg

From Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania (http://www.housingalliancepa.org/): Please join us for a day to celebrate home and to remind our leaders that so many Pennsylvanians are still without the basic necessity of a place to live. Wednesday, May 6, 2015 in the Capitol … Continue reading

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Urge Congress to Get More Summer Meals to Children in Need

From No Kid Hungry (http://www.nokidhungry.org/): More than 100 No Kid Hungry volunteers and advocates were on Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress on Wednesday, urging them to take steps to improve summer meals programs to reach more kids … Continue reading

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PA: Where are Your Federal Tax Dollars Going?

Posted at http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2015-04-15/budget-policy-and-priorities/pa-where-are-your-federal-tax-dollars-going/a45701-1 April 15, 2015 – Dan Heyman, Public News Service (PA) Play Audio in Browser Window HARRISBURG, Pa. – Taxes are top of mind for many Pennsylvanians with today’s tax-filing deadline, and a new analysis examines where exactly … Continue reading

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Equal Pay Day—Learn the Facts

From the Voter Participation Center (http://www.voterparticipation.org): In 2015, Equal Pay Day falls on April 14th, marking just how far into the year a woman must work to earn as much as a man. Together with Lake Research Partners, we have … Continue reading

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Report: US Taxpayers Bear ‘Hidden Cost’ of Poverty Wages

Posted at http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/04/13/report-us-taxpayers-bear-hidden-cost-poverty-wages Published on Monday, April 13, 2015 by Common Dreams Low-wage workers compromise more than 70 percent of individuals enrolled in federal and state-run poverty assistance programs By Lauren McCauley, staff writer Protesters in New York City rally … Continue reading

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How Low Wages Hurt Families and Perpetuate Poverty

Posted at http://www.chn.org/2015/04/09/how-low-wages-hurt-families-and-perpetuate-poverty By Andrew Yarrow April 9, 2015 This post was originally published on Oxfam America’s blog, The Politics of Poverty, on April 7. Low wages for workers today are likely to predict low wages for those same workers tomorrow (and for many … Continue reading

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Urge Congress to Support the Paycheck Fairness Act

From the National Partnership for Women and Families (http://www.nationalpartnership.org/site/PageServer): In 1963, when President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act into law, a woman was paid 59 cents for every dollar paid to a man. More than 50 years … Continue reading

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