2010 Census hit with another snag

April 24, 2008

USA Today reports, “The official in charge of the 2010 Census announced his retirement Wednesday, raising concerns that his departure may delay the decennial population count and result in less accurate data.”

Source: 2010 Census hit with another snag

Unemployment dips in Pa.

April 22, 2008

The Phila. Business Journal reports, “Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate declined slightly in March while New Jersey’s was unchanged, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, which cited U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.”

Source: Unemployment dips in Pa., unchanged in N.J.

The rising impact of high oil prices

April 18, 2008

The Christian Science Monitor reports, “Americans now spend a larger share of their income on energy than at any time since 1986.”

Source: The rising impact of high oil prices

Where do our taxes go?

April 15, 2008

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities reports, “Over the next several years, policymakers will face important choices about the level of government revenues. Since the government collects taxes in order to finance public services, it is useful to examine where tax dollars go when thinking about these crucial tax-policy decisions.”

Source: Where do our taxes go?

Big tax hikes on some city homes

April 10, 2008

The Inquirer reports, “Owners of hundreds of mostly high-end homes in Philadelphia – some of whom have been getting breaks for years – are about to be hit with higher bills.”

Source: Big tax hikes on some city homes

Income Inequality Grew in Pennsylvania and Most States over Past Two Decades

April 10, 2008

KnowledgePlex.org reports, “The income gap between the richest and poorest families, and between rich and middle-income families, grew significantly in most states, including Pennsylvania, over the past two decades, according to a study released today by the Keystone Research Center in Harrisburg and KRC’s national partners, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the Economic Policy Institute.”

Source: Income Inequality Grew in Pennsylvania and Most States over Past Two Decades

Long commutes, gas prices crimping American Dream

April 9, 2008

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports, “The view at sundown from the McCausland family home paints an unlikely picture of how high gasoline prices are deflating the modern-day American suburban dream.”

Source: Long commutes, gas prices crimping American Dream

LIHEAP aid ends, leaving many without help

April 1, 2008

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports, “Low-income Pennsylvanians facing shutoff notices from their utility companies won’t be able to turn to the state for help until winter.”

Source: LIHEAP aid ends, leaving many without help

Pa. job count falls, unemployment rate rises in February

March 24, 2008

The Phila. Business Journal reports, ” Pennsylvania’s job count fell by 8,000 to 5,803,700 in February, according to the state.”

Source: Pa. job count falls, unemployment rate rises in February

Frugal travelers might boost city tourism

March 24, 2008

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports, “With the economy tanking, gas prices soaring and Philadelphia’s visitor industry facing its worst prospects since 2001, the tourism business counts on people like Kellie Baker, her husband, Jim Hysen, and their two sons.”

Source: Frugal travelers might boost city tourism

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