Pennsylvania’s Economy Still Needs a Turnaround: Falling Unemployment Results from People Leaving the Job Market

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While a lower unemployment is sometimes good news, the decline in Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate over the last two years has been driven by the fact that fewer Pennsylvanians are looking for work. Between December 2012 and December 2014, more than 127,000 Pennsylvanians dropped out of the labor force. With fewer unemployed workers “counting” in the official statistics, the unemployment rate went down:

PA to Expand Medicaid beyond Healthy PA

Yesterday, the Wolf administration announced that it is changing the state's course on Medicaid expansion. Under Governor Corbett, Pennsylvania was to have a Medicaid-light expansion, which expanded coverage for low-income folks, but through private insurers.

Governor Wolf's administration is scrapping this proposal and shifting people who were receiving private coverage to public coverage. This move is supposed to make the coverage options more streamlined and the process less complex for folks covered under the plan.

2015 Could be the Year of the Natural Gas Severance Tax

Enacting a severance tax on natural gas would raise much needed funding for education, environmental, and other critical services and help close the projected $2 billion budget shortfall in the 2015-16 budget. With support from Governor Wolf and many legislators on both sides of the aisle, 2015 could be the year when Pennsylvania finally enacts a severance tax on the withdrawal of this valuable one-time natural resource.

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