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Overlooked and Undercounted: Struggling to Make Ends Meet in Pennsylvania

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Census data tells us that 13% of Pennsylvania households live in poverty. In reality, even more households don’t have the income they need to reach self-sufficiency. One in four Pennsylvania households – over 846,000 – lack enough income to cover just the necessities.

Since 1997, PathWays PA has worked with Dr. Diana Pearce and the University of Washington to calculate The Self-Sufficiency Standard for Pennsylvania. Over the last 23 years, The Self-Sufficiency Standard of Pennsylvania has documented the continuing increase in the real cost of living, illuminating the economic crunch experienced by so many families today.

Since 2010, PathWays PA and the University of Washington have also issued three versions of the Overlooked and Undercounted report, which looks at the number of households living above and below self-sufficiency.

You can now use the interactive materials below to find out what it takes to be self-sufficient in your county.
Click here to read the 2020 Overlooked and Un…

2020-2021 Governor's Budget for Pennsylvania Released

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Governor Wolf presented his sixth budget today with a focus on education, supporting workers and the workforce, and reducing gun violence.

Overall, the budget increases spending to $36 billion compared to last year. Governor Wolf also proposed a higher minimum wage (as he did last year), raising the current rate of $7.25/hour to $12/hour by July and then increasing the wage over time until it reaches $15 in 2026. The last time the minimum wage increased in Pennsylvania was when the federal government increased the wage in 2009.

Here are some of the articles we've been reading on the budget:

Highlights of the proposed 2020-21 Pennsylvania budgetPa. Governor’s Budget Pushes for Addressing Asbestos in Schools, College Debt AidPa. budget: Another year of flat funding for public libraries lands them in ‘Loser’ listGovernor Wolf Urges Legislature to Tackle Gun Violence, Student Debt, Toxic Schools