Allegheny Institute chief: Minimum-wage hike 'not a free ride'

While Pennsylvania considers raising the minimum wage, some groups are raising questions about the effect that doing so would have on the state's economy. A recent study by the Keystone Research Center projected that raising the minimum wage to $10.10 would raise wages for 1.2 million Pennsylvanians and increase consumer spending by $1.8 billion, creating 6,000 jobs. Read More »

State awards $1.6 million in Business-Education Partnership grants

Gov. Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, named 15 Business-Education Partnership (BEP) Program grant recipients on Monday, totaling $1.6 million.BEP aims to connect local businesses with school districts through programs that enable students to gain real-world professional experience and exposure to opportunities via skills development, internships, workplace shadowing and mentoring. Read More »

State agency to create action plan for distressed Borough of Colwyn

To help the economically troubled Borough of Colwyn in Delaware County, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) has taken steps toward crafting a recovery plan for the municipality, the DCED said on Wednesday. Acting DCED Secretary Dennis Davin declared the borough to be financially distressed under the provisions of Pennsylvania’s Municipalities Financial Recovery Act, or Act 47. Read More »