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2020Talks - February 28, 2020 


Tomorrow are the South Carolina primaries, and former VP Joe Biden leads in the poll, followed by winner of the first three contests, Sen. Bernie Sanders and businessman Tom Steyer. Some Republican South Carolinians may vote for Sanders because they want closed primaries.

Public News Service - PA: Livable Wages/Working Families

In the 1940s, 40% of Pennsylvania jobs were in manufacturing. Now, only 8% are. (tarasylo/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A new report documents the shift of manufacturing jobs away from Northeastern states as the manufacturing sector has shrunk overall. The report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce said in the 1940s, almost a quarter of all jobs were in manu

The number of new teaching licenses issued in Pennsylvania has dropped 67 percent since 2009. (lordn/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A new poll shows large majorities of Pennsylvanians are satisfied with their public schools and would support raising teachers' minimum pay. The poll of 650 registered voters found nearly two-thirds are "very or somewhat satisfied" with the public schools in their communiti

The minimum pay for Pennsylvania teachers has not been raised since 1988. (Alexey Rumyantsev/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – There's a growing teacher shortage in the Keystone State, and a new study says raising teacher salaries could help alleviate the problem. A new analysis from the Economic Policy Institute shows Pennsylvania teachers are paid an average of 13.5% less than similar college gra

At the Philadelphia International Airport, many immigrants work as airport cleaners, wheelchair assistants and baggage handlers. (Björn Wylezich/Adobe Stock)

PHILADELPHIA — Pennsylvania's population growth rate is one of the slowest in the country, but a bill now in Congress could help many immigrants come out of the shadows. In May, Congress is expected to vote on H.R. 6, the "American Dream and Promise Act." That bill could help hundreds of tho

The minimum annual teacher salary in Pennsylvania has been $18,500 since 1988. (giovannacco/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Educators joined legislators from both sides of the aisle in Harrisburg on Tuesday in urging the General Assembly to raise the minimum salary for Pennsylvania's public-school teachers. The minimum teacher salary hasn't increased since 1988, when it was set at $18,500. In his 2019

The minimum wage for tipped workers in Pennsylvania has been $2.83 an hour since 1998. (pxhere)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Raising the minimum wage will help all Pennsylvanians, economists and social scientists are telling state lawmakers. Gov. Tom Wolf has called for raising the state minimum wage to $12 an hour immediately, increasing to $15 an hour by 2025. A letter to the General Assembly signed b

Gov. Tom Wolf is proposing a gas severance tax to raise revenue for infrastructure improvements in Pennsylvania. (Gov. Tom Wolf/Flickr)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Budget analysts say the spending plan proposed by Gov. Tom Wolf on Tuesday points the way to a future that most Pennsylvanians want. The governor's budget would increase the state minimum wage to $12 an hour, increase funding for basic education, special education and pre-K, and r

There is a wide gap in Pennsylvania between teachers' pay and salaries for other college-educated professionals. (pxhere)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Gov. Tom Wolf wants to raise the minimum teacher salary in the Keystone State for the first time in 30 years. The minimum salary for Pennsylvania teachers is set by state law and has been stuck at $18,500 a year since 1989. The Pennsylvania State Education Association represents

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