Lawmakers send budget-balancing bills to governor, but gaming bill remains for one more day

Lawmakers send budget-balancing bills to governor, but gaming bill remains for one more day

After 118 days, lawmakers on Wednesday sent to Gov. Tom Wolf a package of bills aimed at helping the end the budget impasse and providing funding for state related universities.

 

However, a gaming expansion bill that was said to provide around $200 million in the first year for the current year’s state budget was unable to get a vote in the House as the chamber pushed up against its 11:00 p.m. deadline.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Here’s what is in the new gaming expansion bill

Here’s what is in the new gaming expansion bill

House and Senate lawmakers spent most of Wednesday working on a sweeping gaming expansion bill to send to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk. Here’s a look at what's in it.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Pittsburgh Arts Commission votes to remove controversial Stephen Foster memorial

Pittsburgh Arts Commission votes to remove controversial Stephen Foster memorial

In a unanimous ruling, the Pittsburgh Art Commission voted to remove the controversial statue honoring the 19th century songwriter and Pittsburgh native from Schenley Plaza in Oakland Wednesday afternoon. 


The statue, erected in 1900, honors Foster, who is often considered the father of American music and penned classics like “Camptown Races” and “Oh, Susanna.” However, the statue’s content, including a proper looking Foster sitting above a barefoot, rag-wearing African American man plucking a banjo, draws criticism for its similarities to racist minstrel show stereotypes.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
Stop & Go crackdown provision awaits governor’s signature

Stop & Go crackdown provision awaits governor’s signature

Fiscal Code legislation containing language providing for stricter enforcement of so-called Stop & Go stores was passed by the House Tuesday and is currently awaiting action by Gov. Tom Wolf.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Fontana bill to help homeowners replace lead water lines included in state Fiscal Code

Fontana bill to help homeowners replace lead water lines included in state Fiscal Code

Language to allow local governments and authorities such as the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority to help homeowners replace their private lead water and sewer lines has been included and passed by lawmakers in Harrisburg this week.

Originally drafted as separate legislation, Senate Bill 656 by Sen. Wayne Fontana (D-Brookline), the language was amended into the state Fiscal Code- the bill responsible for implementing the FY 2017-2018 state budget. It simply gives PWSA the legal go-ahead to tap local and state funding sources to fund repairs to private water and sewer lines, especially when there is a threat to public health or safety.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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