Report: The Application for Pennsylvania Pandemic Unemployment Assistance has Problems. Here’s How to Fix Them.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) was passed by Congress as part of the CARES Act to provide unemployment compensation (UC) benefits to people who have been left out of the unemployment system – including gig workers like ridesharing drivers, self-employed people, independent contractors, and people with limited wage records.  This new program was executed by the…

Report: Mending the Safety Net – Why Pennsylvania Must Restore Its TANF Program to Protect Its Neediest Families

Today we observe the passage of “welfare reform” on August 22, 1996, which “ended welfare as we know it” and created the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.  Far from a success, this program has eviscerated needed direct financial assistance for struggling families. As we wrote in 2016, the program is helping far fewer…

Report: Legal Remedies and Limitations on the Employment of People with Criminal Records in Pennsylvania

Download the full report   Like most Americans, ex-offenders need to be employed to support themselves and their families.  Moreover, participation in the labor economy is central to most of our identities; our jobs play a major role in defining who we are.  In short, employment is a linchpin to the successful rehabilitation of ex-offenders…

Careless: How the Pennsylvania Department of Health Has Risked the Lives of Elderly and Disabled Nursing Home Residents

The Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) has been failing in its job to protect nursing home residents.  Over the past several years, DOH has significantly decreased the issuance of sanctions against nursing homes and has adopted and employed an investigatory strategy that dismisses 92% of the complaints against nursing homes.  Additionally, when DOH finds that…