Graphic: Pittsburgh’s affordable housing shortage

The following graphic represents the 17,241 affordable housing units Pittsburgh needs to provide for all households earning 50 percent of the city's median household income or less. For the full story on Pittsburgh's affordable housing shortage, read our explainer: What you need to know about affordable housing (or lack thereof) in Pittsburgh

Source: Pittsburgh Housing Needs Assessment, Mullin & Lonergan Associates

Pay to thousands of PA nursing home workers boosted

About 5,000 Pennsylvania nursing home workers have new union contracts that will incrementally increase their hourly wages, SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania announced Tuesday.

The five-year contracts with Genesis HealthCare, OakHealth and Golden Living Centers will raise wages between 3 percent and 4 percent each year on a path to $15 an hour for certified nursing assistants.

Allegheny County salaries 2015

PublicSource wants you to know how your tax dollars are being spent. We believe it’s important to make the salaries of city, county and state employees easy for you to find because there are taxpayer dollars at stake. PublicSource received 2014 and 2015 salary data from Allegheny County through a Right-to-Know Law request, the state's open records law. You can download the full salary data using the link at the bottom of the page. Karen Hacker, director of the Allegheny County Health Department, was the county’s highest-paid employee in 2014 and was on pace to be the highest-paid employee in 2015.

City of Pittsburgh salaries 2015

PublicSource wants you to know how your tax dollars are being spent. We believe it’s important to make the salaries of city, county and state employees easy for you to find because there are taxpayer dollars at stake. PublicSource received 2015 salary data from the City of Pittsburgh through a Right-to-Know Law request. Check out the full salary data from 2014 and 2015 here. The city’s highest-paid employees in 2015 were all in the Public Safety Department, due to large amounts of overtime.

Minimum-wage debate heats up in Pennsylvania

Many believe the minimum wage hasn’t kept up with the times, and movements to raise it are being led by grassroots groups and governments in communities across the nation. In June, Los Angeles became the biggest city in the country to raise its minimum wage to $15 by 2020.

Nineteen U.S. cities and counties experienced mandated wage increases this year; 29 states and Washington, D.C., already require employers to pay workers more than $7.25.

Pennsylvania isn’t part of this group – yet.