Income Inequality

Background Memo: FL Gov. Rick Scott’s visit to Philadelphia today and tomorrow

Date of Press Release: 
February 23, 2015

Keystone Research Center has received several inquiries about Gov. Rick Scott’s visit to Philadelphia this week, and the trip has received a great deal of media attention. This background memo provides Pennsylvania media with some context that may be helpful. If you would like to schedule interviews with KRC or need assistance finding additional information or sources in Florida, please contact Ellen Lyon at 717-255-7156 or Stephen Herzenberg at 717-805-2318.

A Trip Premised on a Misguided Economic Approach and Inaccurate Facts

Falling Short: The Impact of Raising the Minimum Wage in PA to $8.75 vs. $10.10

Authors: 
David Cooper
Authors: 
Mark Price
Publication Date: 
February 6, 2015

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The Pennsylvania General Assembly is considering a proposal to raise the state’s minimum hourly wage above the federal level of $7.25 to $10.10 by July 2016. An alternative proposal would increase the minimum wage to $8.75 for workers age 19 and older by 2017.

This Policy Watch compares the impacts of these proposals. It finds that the increase to $10.10 per hour would:

A Wage-Less and Income-Less Recovery for PA’s 99 Percent New Study

Top 1% Only Group to See Income Gains Since 2009
Date of Press Release: 
January 26, 2015

Pennsylvania briefing paper at http://keystoneresearch.org/increasingly_unequal2015

National study at http://goo.gl/AnFnMt

Pennsylvania fact sheet at http://goo.gl/8CdtB5

What About the Rest of Us? Top 1% Takes Home All the Increase in Pennsylvania Income in Current Economic Recovery

Authors: 
Estelle Sommeiller
Authors: 
Mark Price
Publication Date: 
January 26, 2015

Executive Summary

Our national report released today by the Economic Analysis Research Network (EARN) and the Economic Policy Institute presents updated estimates of top incomes from 1917 to 2012 for all 50 U.S. states and multi-state regions. (See the national report at http://goo.gl/AnFnMt). This brief expands on the Pennsylvania findings of the national report and presents updates by county and metropolitan area on trends in the share of income earned by the top 1 percent in 1978 and 2012.

20 States Poised to Increase Their Minimum Wage January 1

Pennsylvania Could Benefit A Million Workers by Following Suit in 2015
Date of Press Release: 
December 30, 2014
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20 States Poised to Increase Their Minimum Wage January 1

Pennsylvania Could Benefit A Million Workers by Following Suit in 2015

Harrisburg, December 30 – On January 1st, 20 states and the District of Columbia will raise their minimum wages.Pennsylvania’s minimum wage will not rise, remaining $7.25, the same as the federal minimum wage, because the General Assembly in the just-completed legislative session did not act on any of several proposals to increase the state minimum wage.

A Must-Have for Pennsylvania Part Two: Investment in Higher Education for Growth and Opportunity

Authors: 
Mark Price
Authors: 
Michael Wood
Authors: 
Stephen Herzenberg
Publication Date: 
October 24, 2014
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A Must-Have for Pennsylvania Part II:

Middle Class In Every Pa. County Has Shrunk Since 1970s

Meanwhile, top incomes in every county have surged
Date of Press Release: 
September 16, 2014
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Pennsylvania’s middle class is smaller, while the top 1% of earners enjoy a larger share of income, in every county in Pennsylvania today as compared to the late 1970s, according to a new report from the Keystone Research Center.

Divergent Fortunes: Top Incomes and the Middle Class in Pennsylvania’s Counties

Authors: 
Ellis Wazeter
Authors: 
Estelle Sommeiller
Authors: 
Luis E. Basurto
Authors: 
Mark Price
Publication Date: 
September 16, 2014

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Download the online appendix (pdf / excel)

Mapping the Data: Minimum wage of $10.10/hour would benefit 21% of workers here

Date: 
May 7, 2014

Lancaster Online

About one in five workers in Lancaster County would benefit from raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, a new study shows.

That 21 percent amounts to 49,099 workers here, according to the Keystone Research Center study.