About fifty organizations are calling on state lawmakers to support an increase in the minimum wage, says John Dodds, head of the Philadelphia Unemployment Project.
Organizers hope the rally will help get a minimum wage hike on the agenda of the Pennsylvania Legislature.
The Philadelphia Unemployment Project says the region will lose tens of thousands of additional jobs due to the expiration of federal unemployment benefits for those already jobless.
“It’s the ol’ bang for the buck. You spend a buck on unemployment, by some estimates you get more than $1.70 back,” Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa., right) said.
US Sen. Bob Casey says the lot of 700,000 Pennsylvania workers would be improved by an increase in the minimum wage.
December 28th is the date that the federal unemployment compensation program, started during the peak of the recession, is set to expire.
Bankers and affordable-housing advocates are happy that homeowners will not have to put down 20 percent in order to get a qualified mortgage.
John and Evelyn Dodds run the Philadelphia Unemployment Project, and three months ago took on a new role: temporary guardians to a newborn baby girl.
About 100 protesters marched from Philadelphia City Hall to Corbett’s regional office at Broad and Walnut Streets, demanding that he agree to expand Medicaid to cover an additional 700,000 uninsured Pennsylvanians.
“The recession started over five years ago, and we still are not anywhere near recovered,” says John Dodds, executive director of the Philadelphia Unemployment Project.
Benefits to the long-term unemployed will be cut by 9.4 percent, beginning next week.
Millions of Americans will continue to receive long-term unemployment benefits under legislation approved Friday in Congress, but the scope of the program is being scaled back to cover fewer people by the end of the year.
The US Census Bureau reports that in 2010, more than 46 million people were living in poverty — an increase of 3 million in just one year, and a 27-year high.
On Wednesday, children of unemployed parents who otherwise wouldn’t have presents for the holidays received gifts from the Philadelphia Unemployement Project.