Action News Investigates has learned Pennsylvania was supposed to have a state-of-the-art unemployment computer system two years ago.But the state is still using a 40-year-old system that has been overwhelmed with 1.65 million unemployment filings since the pandemic started.In 2017, the state Labor and Industry Department agreed to pay Geographic Solutions of Florida $35 million for a new unemployment system.Buried deep in the 2,589-page contract is a section showing the system was supposed to go live on April 30, 2018.Instead, the state has been fielding 20,000 calls a day from angry people who cannot get their unemployment using the old system.”It’s very frustrating,” said laid-off construction worker Jim Foster of Kittanning. He filed five weeks ago but still has not gotten an unemployment check.He said he was angry to learn about the delays with the new computer system.”Someone in Harrisburg that’s in charge of this stuff should have said, ‘Hey … Read More
Pennsylvania Lottery COVID-19 Update
Scammers are taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic and increasing their activities in Pennsylvania. Be aware, stay alert, and never send money to receive a lottery prize.
Draws for all games will continue as normal.
Starting jackpots for Pennsylvania Powerball and Mega Millions have been removed – amounts will be published before each draw and now depend on ticket sales and interest rates.
Minimum jackpot increases between draws have been removed for both Powerball and Mega Millions.
All Pennsylvania Lottery Claim Centers are closed until further notice.
Claiming a Winning Ticket
Prizes up to $2,500 may be claimed at a Pennsylvania Lottery retailer. Any prize over $2,500 can only be paid by the Pennsylvania Lottery.
All prizes over $600 should be claimed by mail: complete and sign the back of the ticket, fill out the Prize Claim Form, and include a
>> WORKERS HERE AT THE STATE UNEMPLOYMENT OFFICE IN DUQUESNE AND THROUGHOUT PENNSYLVANIA ARE STILL USING 1970’S TECHNOLOGY TO PROCESS CLAIMS THE AUDITOR GENERAL TELLS ACTION NEWS INVESTIGATES HIS AUDIT IN 2017 FOUND THE SYSTEM WAS IN DESPERATE NEED OF OVERHAUL >> THAT’S WHAT I’VE BEEN GETTING FOR THREE WEEKS STRAIGHT. >> MARK MCELHANEY AND THOUSANDS OF OTHER UNEMPLOYED WORKERS LIKE HIM HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO FILE CLAIMS. THREE YEARS AGO AN AUDIT FOUND THE STATE’S UNEMPLOYMENT COMPUTER SYSTEM WAS ’WOEFULLY OUTDATED.’ ALSO THAT ITS ANTIQUATED HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE HAD THE POTENTIAL OF PUTTING THE ENTIRE UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION SYSTEM IN PERIL. >> OUR AUD AND THE WAY IT NEEDS TO BE GET PEOPLE THERE CHECKS. >> THE STATE HAS BEEN TRYING TO REPLACE THE SYSTEM SINCE 2006. RESPONDING TO A QUESTION FROM ACTION NEWS INVESTIGATES, GOVERNOR WOLF SAID FRIDAY HE HAS TAKEN ACTION TO FIX THE PROBLEM. >> WE AGREE … Read More
Before we can build a better commonwealth, we need to protect our friends and neighbors.
Relief for Pennsylvanians
The Wolf Administration has taken broad and far-reaching actions to help meet the short- and long-term needs of individual Pennsylvanians in the face of this unprecedented pandemic.
Ensuring Pennsylvanians from all walks of life have access to the resources they need has been, and will continue to be, a top priority for the governor.
Student Loan Debt
Federal student loan borrowers are automatically being placed in an administrative forbearance which temporarily stops monthly payments from March 13, 2020 through September 30, 2020. Payments can still be made if borrowers choose.
This is in addition to action the federal government took to temporarily set the interest rate to 0% on defaulted and non-defaulted Direct Loans, defaulted and non-defaulted FFEL Program loans, and Federal Perkins Loans.
In addition, for the American Education
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