Commonwealth Courts rule Attorney General can’t prevent UPMC/Highmark Split

Commonwealth Courts rule Attorney General can’t prevent UPMC/Highmark Split

After a four-month legal struggle a commonwealth judge ruled on Friday that the consent decree holding the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Highmark together will expire as planned on June 30.
Friday, June 14, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority and the City of Pittsburgh to enter into new cooperation agreement

Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority and the City of Pittsburgh to enter into new cooperation agreement

The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority announced it will enter into a new cooperation agreement with the City of Pittsburgh when its current one expires in July. That is, if Pittsburgh City Council signs off. 

Much to the relief of many concerned Pittsburgh residents who expressed their distaste for the possibility of privatization at protests and public hearings, the new agreement holds language mandating that the water authority remains public-owned. According to the announcement’s press release many aspects of the agreement reflect recommendations from the mayor’s Blue Ribbon Panel and requirements handed down from the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. 
Friday, June 7, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
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Pittsburgh City Council approves grant for autonomous vehicle education

Pittsburgh City Council approves grant for autonomous vehicle education

After much discussion Pittsburgh City Council authorized the acceptance of a $410,000 grant geared at educating citizens on autonomous vehicles by a 7-1 vote on Tuesday.

This comes after council opted to delay the grant’s authorization when environmental, disability rights, and labor union organizers voiced considerable concerns over the possibility of autonomous vehicles in Pittsburgh.
Wednesday, June 5, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Controller files ethics complaint against Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent

Pittsburgh Controller files ethics complaint against Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent

City and Pittsburgh Public Schools Controller Michael Lamb filed an ethics complaint against the district’s Superintendent Anthony Hamlet on Friday, on the grounds that Hamlet failed to file a statement of financial interests for the past two years.

This comes on the heels of a headline-making request by Auditor General Eugene DePasquale that the district provide details on travel done after an unauthorized trip by Hamlet and his deputies.
Monday, June 3, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
County Controller reports positive trends for Allegheny County in Annual Popular Financial Report

County Controller reports positive trends for Allegheny County in Annual Popular Financial Report

As a whole, County Controller Chelsa Wagner revealed that Allegheny County is on the right track financially in the annual Popular Financial Report released Thursday. 

In her assessment of the year 2018, Wagner reported the county’s finances were largely positive. This meant the unassigned fund balance grew, although not as quickly as it did earlier in the decade. Additionally, financial agencies recognized the country's growing stability through increased investment ratings. 
Friday, May 31, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: News and Views
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