Sen. Fontana seeks to empower municipalities to help citizens with crumbling water and sewer lines

Sen. Fontana seeks to empower municipalities to help citizens with crumbling water and sewer lines

In an effort to help Pennsylvanian’s repair or replace their at risk water and sewer lines, Sen. Wayne Fontana (D-Brookline) introduced a package of legislation Wednesday that would allow local governments to tap government funding sources to help. 

Highlighting the fact that Pennsylvania’s aging pipe infrastructure is buckling from high lead content, storm water overflows, discharges and other serious issues, Fontana said homeowners are unable to afford to repair or replace the deteriorating waterlines on their properties, noting that some repairs can run from $5,000 to $35,000. 

Thursday, March 30, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Allegheny County Delegation votes for the week of February 6

Allegheny County Delegation votes for the week of February 6

The Pennsylvania Senate passed a number of controversial legislation this week, including measures punishing so-called “sanctuary cities,” prohibiting the deduction of union dues to be used for political purposes, and restricting abortions.

The Allegheny County state legislative delegation voting largely along party lines when the bills were considered on the Floor.
Thursday, February 9, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
SCI Pittsburgh set to close at the end of June

SCI Pittsburgh set to close at the end of June

In a Thursday morning press release, the Wolf administration announced that SCI Pittsburgh will close on June 30, 2017, saving the state a yearly cost of $81 million. 

Citing cost-saving measures in response to the state budget deficit and a reduction in the state’s prison population, the western Pennsylvania prison was on a list of five other facilities the Department of Corrections and Governor Wolf were contemplating shuttering- SCI Mercer in Mercer County, SCI Waymart in Wayne County, SCI Retreat in Luzerne County, and SCI Frackville in Schuylkill County.
Thursday, January 26, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Gov. Wolf continues defense of prison closure process

Gov. Wolf continues defense of prison closure process

Making his bi-weekly appearance on KDKA 1020 AM’s morning show with Larry Richert and John Shumway, Gov. Tom Wolf defended the process being used to vet the closure of two state correctional institutions.

 

“In the past, as I understand, what would happen is the Secretary of Corrections would say ‘We are going to open this prison or close that prison,’ and boom, that was it,” he said. “This time, I thought in the interest of transparency, say we need to close two prisons and here are five we’ve narrowed the list down to the prime candidates and we’re going to make a decision about that by January 26th.”

Tuesday, January 24, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Senate committees examine potential impacts of looming prison closures

Senate committees examine potential impacts of looming prison closures

Three days before the Wolf administration is set to announce the shuttering of two state correctional institutions, the Senate Republican and Democratic Policy committees and the Senate Judiciary Committee held a joint hearing to discuss and learn of the potential impacts the closures could have on the state and local communities.

 

Citing cost-saving measures in response to the state budget deficit, five facilities are on the list of potential closures, which are slated to occur by June 30, 2017: SCI Mercer in Mercer County, SCI Retreat in Luzerne County, SCI Frackville in Schuylkill County, SCI Waymart in Wayne County and SCI Pittsburgh in Allegheny County. 

Monday, January 23, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
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