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Gov. Tom Wolf was interviewed on NPR’s All Things Considered early Wednesday evening. He talked about the impact on Pennsylvania of the trade war with China. –Ed Mahon, PA Post reporter

Guest-worker program expands

BrightView landscapers work on Independence Mall. Brightview has been the largest employer of H2B guest workers in the country for the last several years.

(Courtesy of BrightView)

BrightView landscapers work on Independence Mall. Brightview has been the largest employer of H2B guest workers in the country for the last several years.

  • Federal officials expanded a guest worker program by nearly 50 percent, adding 30,000 visas, WHYY’s Laura Benshoff reports. Benshoff took a deep look at the issue, including how it affects BrightView Landscaping, which is based outside Philadelphia and is the country’s single largest user of seasonal, non-agricultural visas.

  • The expansion has its critics, including the Center for Immigration Studies, which favors less immigration. A research associate for the center said the program is “a raw deal for Americans,” and he argued it “prevents the neediest Americans (ex-convicts, recovering addicts, the homeless, high school dropouts, etc.) from securing meaningful employment that could transform their lives.”

  • Katie Park of The Philadelphia Inquirer recently looked at another aspect of the immigration debate: How a shortage of workers is affecting mushroom, dairy and other farmers.

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This March 16, 2017 photo shows a sticker alerting customers of the sugar tax posted by sweetened beverages at the IGA supermarket in the Port Richmond neighborhood of Philadelphia.

Matt Rourke / The Associated Press

This March 16, 2017 photo shows a sticker alerting customers of the sugar tax posted by sweetened beverages at the IGA supermarket in the Port Richmond neighborhood of Philadelphia.


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