Morning Must Reads: DPW Payroll Processing Change Leaves Care Workers Without Paychecks

The Editorial Board of the Erie Times-News comes down hard on what appears to be a statewide problem with payroll processing for workers who provide care to Pennsylvanians with disabilities.

Gov. Tom Corbett's administration said it wanted to streamline the system and reduce administrative costs when the state Department of Welfare (DPW) changed the way workers who care for the disabled are paid. So DPW reduced payroll-processing agencies from 37 to three.

But the state's decision has left care workers without paychecks for duties they've performed weeks ago. These workers, in turn, have asked their families and churches for money to pay bills and to buy gas, so they can drive to the jobs for which they haven't yet been paid. Talk about a vicious cycle.

In other news, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has an interesting story about tech startups in the City of Pittsburgh this morning.

Finally, a story on a project in New York City aimed at seeding more tech startups there.


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