Allegheny County Council unanimously passes 2019 budget

Allegheny County Council unanimously passes 2019 budget

Allegheny County Council approved County Executive Rich Fitzgerald’s roughly $1 billion dollar operating plan by a 13-0 vote Tuesday night.

The plan includes a $932 million operating budget, $111 million for the capital budget, and an additional $1 billion grants budget. This is an almost 3 percent increase from the 2018 budget of $905.7 million. In his initial proposal, Fitzgerald insisted every dollar requested would go toward preparing the county for disaster and investing in the future.

Thursday, December 6, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Potential billions for Amazon draws criticisms from legislature

Potential billions for Amazon draws criticisms from legislature

Despite a $4.6 billion offer, having two cities on the public shortlist and the decision to plant two locations instead of one, Pennsylvania did not land online retail giant Amazon’s second headquarters.

Both Philadelphia and Pittsburgh were named as finalists for the project earlier this year, which would have led to $5 billion in private investment and 50,000 jobs before the Amazon decided to split HQ2 between two locations.

However, the multibillion dollar incentives, combined with many local concessions, prompted bipartisan politicians to sound off with their displeasure with the offer.
Tuesday, November 20, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
County Executive Fitzgerald proposes 2019 budget to Allegheny County Council

County Executive Fitzgerald proposes 2019 budget to Allegheny County Council

County Executive Rich Fitzgerald presented his proposed budget for the 2019 before Allegheny County Council Tuesday night. 
Wednesday, October 10, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Allegheny County environmental activists, elected officials demand air quality accountability from leadership

Allegheny County environmental activists, elected officials demand air quality accountability from leadership

Even as the smog clouds that have characterized the city for decades fade, Pittsburgh continues to have lackluster air quality.

The way to fix this, according to activists, is to start from the top, with County Executive Rich Fitzgerald.

Since July, three environmentalist groups — the Clean Air Council, PennEnvironment and the Breathe Project — have gathered outside Allegheny County Courthouse each Friday with signs, grievances, and the occasional protest song. The events have followed clean air activism that's sporadically popped up since March.

Friday, September 14, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Democratic lawmakers call for expansion of indoor smoking standards

Democratic lawmakers call for expansion of indoor smoking standards

A decade since the enactment of the Clean Indoor Air Act, Allegheny County lawmakers came together to celebrate the law’s passage and call on their colleagues to increase the law’s authority.

When first implemented, the law forbade smoking in public areas, but allows for exceptions — too many as far as some elected officials are concerned.

“This is a matter of fairness,” Rep Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny) said. “We know the law works, but let’s make it work for everyone.”

Tuesday, September 11, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
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