In light of epidemic, Allegheny County exploring lawsuit against opioid producers

In light of epidemic, Allegheny County exploring lawsuit against opioid producers

Allegheny County is putting out a request for qualifications this Friday to explore filing a lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies that misled consumers about the addictive qualities of opioids.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh City Council members seek funding alternatives to reality transfer tax for housing, early childhood funding

Pittsburgh City Council members seek funding alternatives to reality transfer tax for housing, early childhood funding

A coalition of Pittsburgh City Council members may have found a way to partially fill its Affordable Housing Opportunity Trust Fund, provide funding for early childhood education in the city, and offset a proposed hike in the real estate transfer tax with a package of budget amendments.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh city controller's audit finds two years of missing records on city repairs

Pittsburgh city controller's audit finds two years of missing records on city repairs

A new audit from Pittsburgh City Controller Michael Lamb found two years worth of missing costs from the department in charge of repairing city buildings. 

The missing information, which covers 2014 and 2015 in the Department of Public Work’s facilities division, along with the department’s habit of purchasing materials like lumber or roofing supplies in bulk, created an environment that could encourage theft, according to Lamb. However, the audit found no evidence that any had taken place.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
House Democrats push for their "Plan for PA" strategy

House Democrats push for their "Plan for PA" strategy

Rep. Ryan Bizzarro (D-Erie) and Rep. Peter Schweyer (D-Lehigh) joined their House Democratic colleagues Wednesday morning to push for their recently released legislative platform, "Plan For PA."

Wednesday, December 6, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Bills give more flexibility to some parking authorities

Bills give more flexibility to some parking authorities

Two Senate bills seeking to provide more flexibility to some of Pennsylvania’s local parking authorities moved closer to the conclusion of their legislative process Wednesday as they were unanimously approved the House Local Government Committee.

 

The first bill, Senate Bill 252 by Sen. Randy Vulakovich (R-Allegheny), seeks to provide the Pittsburgh Parking Authority with the ability to enter into private agreements for the lease or license of parking spaces and develop, operate, and/or finance mixed-use projects.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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