Health Care

State of Working PA: Lagging Wages for All Race, Ethnic, Gender Groups

Report Shows Need for Policies Less Rigged to Benefit Only Group Doing Well –The Top 1%
Date of Press Release: 
September 1, 2016

HARRISBURG, PA – At a divisive moment in America, in the context of a campaign which has exploited electoral anger borne in part from economic difficulty, the Keystone Research Center today released the 21st edition of its report The State of Working Pennsylvania. The report finds that most groups in the state, whatever their race, ethnicity, gender, or education level, have experienced wage stagnation or decline in recent decades.

Nursing Home Jobs That Pay

Authors: 
Stephen Herzenberg
Publication Date: 
November 5, 2015


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Executive Summary

Nursing home work is largely publicly financed through Medicaid and Medicare, and the industry is profitable in Pennsylvania. Nursing home staff members in Pennsylvania, however, continue to struggle to make ends meet. They have joined the growing national movement demanding a minimum wage of $15 per hour and an end to state-funded corporate welfare.

Double Trouble: Taxpayer-Subsidized Low-Wage Jobs in Pennsylvania Nursing Homes

Authors: 
Stephen Herzenberg
Publication Date: 
April 13, 2015

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Executive Summary

Pennsylvania is an aging state and getting older – our state has the fourth-highest 85-plus age group, a group that is expected to grow by more than 400,000 by 2030. Many of these older Pennsylvanians will need nursing home care at some point in their lives.

Census Data: Number of Americans Without Health Insurance Falls Amid Middle Class Struggles

Authors: 
Mark Price
Publication Date: 
September 14, 2012

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By Michael Wood, Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, & Mark Price, Keystone Research Center