Approximately 1.5 million Pennsylvanians live below the federal poverty level – more than 12 percent of the overall population. One group of state legislators wants to do something about it. Representative Dave Reed (R-Indiana) and the House Majority Policy Committee initiated a proce
A press conference was held today at the Capitol in Harrisburg in support of pro-life legislation. In attendance were over 35 legislators as well as various leaders of pro-life constituencies. Francis Viglietta, Director of Social Concerns for the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference, sai
On Friday evening, October 9, 2009, Governor Ed Rendell signed a $27.8 billion budget that was 101 days overdue. The plan spends $500 million less than last year and does not include any broad-based tax increases. The Pennsylvania Catholic Conference (PCC) has been following the budg
"Feed people dying of hunger, because if you do not feed them you are killing them." Strong words from our early Church fathers. They teach that we are bound to come to the aid of the poor and to do so not merely out of our superfluous goods.
Working families in Pennsylvania are getting a raise. The minimum wage in Pennsylvania will increase from the current $5.15 per hour to $6.25 on Jan. 1, 2007, then to $7.15 on July 1, 2007. Qualified employers with the equivalent of 10 or fewer full-time employees have until July 1, 2
Dipping winter temperatures and rising energy costs have left many in the cold this year. Catholic Charities agencies and the pastors of local parishes are hearing from hundreds of families all across the Commonwealth about the hardships they are experiencing. Agencies are expecting u