Pittsburgh poised to leave Act 47 status by 2018 while city's financial overseer struggles to pay the bills

Pittsburgh poised to leave Act 47 status by 2018 while city's financial overseer struggles to pay the bills

The Act 47 coordinators of the city of Pittsburgh have concluded that it is time for the city to get out of the “financially distressed” status that it has held since 2003, and could do so by the beginning of the year.

Joel Lennen of the law firm Eckert Seamans, whom make up the team of the city’s Act 47 coordinators,
Thursday, September 28, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Commonwealth Court sides with Pittsburgh over police salary battle

Commonwealth Court sides with Pittsburgh over police salary battle

The Commonwealth Court ruled this week that the Pittsburgh police union union's judicial request for an officer wage increase should be started at the Court of Common Pleas, instead of at the appellate level.  


The seven judge panel heard the case in Pittsburgh in early April after talks between the city and the Fraternal Order of Police Fort Pitt Lodge No. 1 to negotiate a contract for officers broke down, sending the dispute into binding arbitration. 


Tuesday, July 18, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh FOP takes salary battle with city to Commonwealth Court

Pittsburgh FOP takes salary battle with city to Commonwealth Court

Commonwealth Court heard arguments over Pittsburgh police contracts on Wednesday, and what the police union calls “arbitrary and capricious” raises offered by the city.  

According to the Fraternal Order of Police Fort Pitt Lodge No. 1, union members received minimal wage increases over the term of a four-year contract beginning in 2014 that was part of an arbitration award. 

Thursday, April 6, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh

Success of financially distressed municipalities may depend on additional reform

With the new legislative session quickly approaching it is easy to overlook what was accomplished during the 2013-14 legislative session, even if the paramount legislative issues remain on the legislature’s agenda.

One of the most notable pieces of legislation gained momentum in 2011 and passed in the closing days of the 2013-2014 session, when Governor Tom Corbett signed HB 1773, also known as Act 199, which amends the Financially Distressed Municipalities Act of 1987, also known as Act 47. 

Monday, December 8, 2014/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views
Tags: Act 47
Call For Systemic Municipal Reform Permeates Hearing on Act 47 Bill

Call For Systemic Municipal Reform Permeates Hearing on Act 47 Bill

The Senate Local Government Committee held a hearing Thursday on legislation reforming Act 47, which provides assistance to Pennsylvania municipalities who are fiscally distressed.

The focus of the hearing was on Sen. John Eichelberger’s (R-Blair) Senate Bill 1157, the unamended version of Rep. Chris Ross’s (R-Chester) House Bill 1773, the latter of which is poised for final consideration in the House when that chamber returns to voting session after the Easter break. 

According to Michael Gasbarre, Executive Director of the Local Government Commission, the entity whose concepts are articulated in the legislation, the bill the legislation would—among other things—provide a five year time limit for cities to exit distressed status under Act 47, would enhance the early intervention program, allows for new taxes and mandate relief for distressed cities, and provides for municipal disincorporation if (in extreme cases) the municipality cannot exit distressed status.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views
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