Health and Family Security

Issue Spotlight: Healthy PA Is 'Bad Medicine'

Governor Corbett's Healthy PA plan threatens to undermine the stability of community health centers and services for Pennsylvania's most vulnerable, writes Dr. Hilda Shirk, the chief executive officer of SouthEast Lancaster Health Services.

Learn More: Read Dr. Shirk's Commentary

Comments: Read PBPC's Comments on the Healthy PA Plan

Summary: Governor's Healthy PA Plan

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March 21, 2014

When you restrict your view to just parents affected by an increase in the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour, the average low-wage parent is responsible for just over half (51%) of her family's income.

March 18, 2014

Raising the minimum wage has already gained momentum nationally and is likely to be a defining issue in Pennsylvania's gubernatorial election this year. It's also a policy issue where Pennsylvania is lagging well behind our neighboring states.

Updated: February 26, 2014

View video, PowerPoint presentations, photos, and other resources from the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center's 2014 Budget Summit in Harrisburg. 

February 21, 2014

It is a very good sign that prominent low-wage employers are talking in a positive way about raising wages for their workers. What to look for in the coming months is whether politicians normally opposed to a minimum wage increase begin shifting their stance.

February 10, 2014

Pennsylvania’s economy is not recovering as quickly as most states. Gov. Corbett, attempting to improve growth, made a bet that a billion dollars in new corporate tax cuts would fuel economic recovery, but that bet has been lost. 

February 5, 2014

Punxsutawney Phil is predicting more chilly weather ahead, but a winter-weary Gov. Tom Corbett must have spring on his mind. His budget address Tuesday painted a bright and rosy picture of Pennsylvania's future even as we remain in the grip of a long economic winter.

January 30, 2014

Expect to read and hear a lot about state and federal efforts to raise the minimum wage over the next year. You can also expect to read and hear a lot about a familiar argument from opponents: that raising the minimum wage is a bad idea because it will mainly benefit teens working summer jobs for extra cash. Simply put, that argument is just not true.

January 22, 2014

Governor Corbett's Healthy PA plan threatens to undermine the stability of community health centers and services for Pennsylvania's most vulnerable, according to Dr. Hilda Shirk, the chief executive officer of SouthEast Lancaster Health Services, writing in a recent op-ed.

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