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Good Thursday morning, fellow seekers.
If it is in advance of the approval of the US $ 40.8 billion state budget Which goes into effect today, the decision to withhold $ 5 billion out of $ 7 billion in federal stimulus funds was short-sighted as so many Keystone state residents are still struggling to recover from the pandemic economy.
Among them was the state Rep Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, which struck the majority of Republicans to the “[hoarding] Money sent to support our schools, key staff, and after-school programs. They want to control and hide these funds for their favorite secret projects instead of giving them back to the residents of this great Commonwealth. “
But new federal data shows personal income has increased in Pennsylvania and all 50 states. It’s a boost that that Biden administration Attributes for the American rescue plan, the $ 1.9 trillion stimulus support bill that went into effect in March.
The bill provided for $ 1,400 checks for millions of low and middle income Americans, new child tax breaks, and expanded unemployment benefits. States like Pennsylvania also received direct aid.
So everything should be great, right? Not so fast, an expert told him Capital star.
(Map via the Bureau of Economic Analysis)
While it’s true that government income rose 59.7 percent annually in the first quarter of 2021 after falling 3.9 percent in the fourth quarter of 2020, that’s only temporary.
Compare that vigorous growth to the fourth quarter of 2020, when personal incomes fell in 27 states and Washington DC
On an annualized basis, the state’s personal income rose 59.7% in the first quarter of 2021 after falling 3.9% in the fourth quarter of 2020. The percent change in personal income ranged from 89.3% in Mississippi to 31.1% in the District of Columbia. the Capital stars Sibling side that Michigan Advance reports earlier this week.
“Averages mask the ongoing effects of the recession. Small businesses make up less than half of the economy, but they have employed a lot of people and their revenues are still down about 30 percent since January 2020. Marc bull, the managing director of the progressive Pennsylvania Budget & Policy Centersaid that Capital star in an email. “That is one of the main reasons that unemployment remains at almost 7 percent. Therefore, companies and mainly low and middle income workers are still affected. “
(Data from the US Bureau of Economic Analysis)
The federal report found that revenue in Michigan and eight other states, including Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee, and Texas, “was due in part to profit-sharing payments made by automakers to workers made by the United auto workers Union ”, showed the federal data.
Income falls in South Dakota and five other states, including Iowa, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, and Wyoming, “were primarily the result of reduced farm yields due to lower payments to farmers Coronavirus food aid program“According to the federal data.
“Uneven recoveries are common. It takes a while for people to gain the confidence to spend more. It’s more difficult now because consumer behavior is changing. ” bull said. “People still work remotely and buy online. It will take time for companies and employees to partially return to old ways and partially adapt to new ones. “
Meanwhile, at least one Democratic lawmaker says the numbers, while encouraging, don’t eliminate the need to continue pushing for programs for low-to-middle-income Pennsylvanians.
“Income is higher, but that is directly the result of investing in people through measures such as incentives and increased unemployment. With billions left in the treasury, it is imperative that we invest in people – especially the most vulnerable Representative Peter Schweyer, D-Lehighsaid that Capital star in an email. “Rent assistance, help with utility bills, and a higher minimum wage should come next [legislative] Agenda.”
The Pennsylvania Capitol. (Capital Star photo by Sarah Anne Hughes)
As expected, Governor Tom Wolf has vetoed a new version of the state election law drafted by the GOP, which imposes new requirements on the identification of voters and tightened the deadlines for obtaining postal votes. Republicans are now saying they will introduce the language into a constitutional amendment to bypass the veto pen, Stephen Caruso reported.
At a press conference on Wednesday wolf and educators and their allies praised the hundreds of millions of dollars in new education spending that are included in the state budget. But there is still work to be done. Marley Parish has the details.
A shared one Pennsylvania Supreme Court The sexual assault conviction of comedian Bill Cosby has been overturned clear the way on Wednesday for the release of the 83-year-old from the state prison, I report.
Defeated Democratic Mayor of Pittsburgh hopefully Tony Moreno now runs as a Republican, our partners at Pittsburgh City Paper Report.
Our partners at Philadelphia gay news Explain how these Philly community organizations are a ambitious, youth-centered study on community policing.
On our comments page this morning, Philadelphia attorney Rory Fleming says Attorney General Josh Shapiro puts ghost weapons in the spotlight, but that’s the wrong place to look, though he is serious about solving the increasing violence in the largest city in the state. And John Dawes of Foundation for PA watersheds urges legislative support for a bill to empower the state 3. Growing Greener Environmental Program.
Love Park in Philadelphia (Photo via Flickr Commons)
Amy Gutmann, President of the University of Pennsylvania and political bigwig David L. Cohen could stand up for plum ambassadorshipsreports the inquirer.
Pennsylvania’s Funeral Services fail consumers, the Post Gazette reported.
Rapid approval of the state budget last week wasn’t exactly a sign of bipartisan community, John Bear from PennLive explained.
Mass vaccination site in Lancaster County finally closes its doors today, LancasterOnline reported.
The morning call addresses the persistent vaccine hesitation under Allentown’s Latino neighborhoods.
The State Health departmentsit is take the COVID delta variant “very seriously” and urges people to get vaccinated, reports the York Daily Record (Paywall).
Wilkes-Barre City Council voted to lower local parking fees, the Voice of the Citizen Citizen Reports (Paywall).
The constantly troubled Chester Upland schools have avoided an unprecedented charter takeover – for now, WHY-FM reported.
Governor Tom Wolf has signed a new state law provide a three month supply of medical marijuana, WITF-FM reported.
Erie County’s new community college has appointed its president, GoErie Reports (Paywall).
The observer-reporter take a look Funding the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education in this year’s state budget.
Republican 8th Congressional District hopeful Teddy Daniels, a wounded Army combat vet, emailed supporters said he met with former President Donald Trump, PoliticsPA reported.
Stateline.org addresses the dilemma faced by parents in school districts who have banned mask mandates.
Former President Donald Trump Company and its top manager, have been prosecuted, NYMag Secret Service reported.
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But that money tree doesn’t shake, folks. Attorney General Josh Shapiro There’s a fundraiser tonight at 5:30 p.m. Entry costs between $ 150 and $ 5,000.
Governor Tom Wolf has no public schedule today.
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