Leach, Folmer discuss medical marijuana law at MMJ expo in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh was the host of its first-ever medical marijuana conference this weekend, where cannabis leaders, physicians and patients gathered to learn more and get better connected to the industry.

State Senators Daylin Leach (D-Philadelphia) and Mike Folmer (R-Lancaster), champions of the  medical marijuana legislation that was signed into law last April, hosted a discussion on the first phase of the rollout of the law, and the potential timeline for when the program will be up and running. 

Friday, April 21, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Mayor announces nominees to fill PWSA board vacancies

Pittsburgh Mayor announces nominees to fill PWSA board vacancies

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto announced his three nominees Friday to fill vacancies on the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority. 

His nominees are: Debbie Lestitian, the chief administration officer and personnel director for the Mayor; Chaton Turner, Assistant Counsel to the Center for Fertility at the UPMC Physician Services Division; and Jim Turner who spent 10 years with the Pennsylvania Economy League and the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, and previously served as the City’s budget director, finance director and Chief Administrative Officer. He is now adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and international Affairs (GSPIA). 

Friday, April 21, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Allegheny County Delegation votes and activity for the week of April 17

Allegheny County Delegation votes and activity for the week of April 17

The state General Assembly wrapped up session for the week of April 17 by sending a bill that will provide $15 million to fund operations at the state’s unemployment compensation call centers for up to nine months to Governor Wolf for his signature. 

In a vote 41-8 Wednesday, the Senate passed Senate Bill 250 and what some call a short-term fix to how the Commonwealth has been funding technology and infrastructure improvements in the UC call center system. 

Friday, April 21, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Revenue Department launches tax amnesty program

Revenue Department launches tax amnesty program

Remember that little corner of the current year’s budget plan that called for $100 million in revenue from a tax amnesty program? Friday, the Department of Revenue announced that the program starts April 21 and will run for a 60-day period ending on June 19, 2017.

Friday, April 21, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
PA unemployment rate drops to lowest level since 2008

PA unemployment rate drops to lowest level since 2008

The month of March brought good news to Pennsylvania on the unemployment front: the commonwealth’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped two-tenths of a percent to 4.8 percent, the lowest level since the early stages of the Great Recession in February 2008.

Friday, April 21, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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