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Tax Collections in Pa. Rebound on Pent-Up Shopper Demand, but State Still Faces Huge Budget Deficit

Tax Collections in Pa. Rebound on Pent-Up Shopper Demand, but State Still Faces Huge Budget Deficit

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania’s finances received a welcome — but probably temporary — boost in July, with tax collections up 6.6% compared to the same time last year, according to figures released Monday by the state’s Independent Fiscal Office.

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Minority-Owned Small Businesses Were Largely Shut Out of PA.’s First Coronavirus Loan Program

Minority-Owned Small Businesses Were Largely Shut Out of PA.’s First Coronavirus Loan Program

HARRISBURG, Pa. — In March, less than a month into the coronavirus shutdown, Gov. Tom Wolf launched a low-interest loan program as a lifeline to “provide a little peace of mind to hundreds of small business owners and their employees.”

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Pa. Issues New Eviction Moratorium After Fears Rent Relief Would Be Too Slow

Pa. Issues New Eviction Moratorium After Fears Rent Relief Would Be Too Slow

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania will offer another reprieve for the thousands of tenants struggling to pay rent because of the coronavirus outbreak, Gov. Tom Wolf announced Thursday, after Democratic lawmakers and advocates urged him to act.

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A Promising Year for Pennsylvania’s State Budget Ends With a $3.2 Billion Thud

A Promising Year for Pennsylvania’s State Budget Ends With a $3.2 Billion Thud

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania closed out its fiscal year Tuesday with a $3.2 billion shortfall, with revenues falling 9% below official estimates as the state continues to grapple with the economic damage caused by the coronavirus outbreak.

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Evictions Could Begin Before Pa. Rental Assistance Program Can Provide Relief

Evictions Could Begin Before Pa. Rental Assistance Program Can Provide Relief

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A $150 million assistance program intended to provide rental payments on behalf of Pennsylvanians who are struggling amid the economic fallout from the coronavirus may not come soon enough to stave off some eviction proceedings.

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Pa.’s Revenues Take Another Coronavirus Blow in May, Falling $440 Million Short of Expectations

Pa.’s Revenues Take Another Coronavirus Blow in May, Falling $440 Million Short of Expectations

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania’s tax revenues dropped 17% below official estimates in May, new figures from the state Department of Revenue show, as the economic fallout from the coronavirus continues to wreak havoc on the state’s finances.

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Desperate for Cash, Self-Employed Pennsylvanians Face High-Stakes Choice Between Loans and Unemployment Benefits

Desperate for Cash, Self-Employed Pennsylvanians Face High-Stakes Choice Between Loans and Unemployment Benefits

In theory, Hannah Koshinsky had options.

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