Pittsburgh City Council begins 2018 budget process

Pittsburgh City Council begins 2018 budget process

As 2017 winds down, Pittsburgh City Council is expected to finish up a number of initiatives and bills, including considering the 2018 city budget amendments and establishing the city’s long-term financial practices, before ringing in the new year.

Making its way through an already packed agenda Tuesday, Council passed legislation that would codify Act 47 best practices and Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority requirements in the city’s annual operating budget.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Allegheny County Lead Task Force releases final recommendations

Allegheny County Lead Task Force releases final recommendations

The Allegheny County Lead Task Force released its final report, including 24 recommendations, for how the county can best protect the public’s health against lead exposure.

The nine-member task force, launched and assembled in May 2017 by County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, recommended ways to decrease the public’s exposure, namely adolescents, to lead in paint, water, soil and other sources.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Senate Democratic Policy Committee hears testimony on bill allowing involuntary treatment of drug users

Senate Democratic Policy Committee hears testimony on bill allowing involuntary treatment of drug users

Senators on the Senate Democratic Policy Committee gathered in Pittsburgh Friday to discuss a bill that would allow family members to seek involuntary commitment of those suffering from the opioid crisis and drug users.

The bill, Senate Bill 391 sponsored by Sen. Jay Costa (D-Forest Hills), is currently going through a rewrite as the Senator has offered an amendment that would allow a spouse, relative or guardian—or anyone at the request of the spouse, relative or guardian—of a user to file a petition with the Single County Authority after a suicide attempt, overdose, shows an inability to make a rational decision, or has harmed or has attempted to harm others.
Friday, December 8, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
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 Council proposes bills to help city homeowners, new and old

Pittsburgh City Council proposes bills to help city homeowners, new and old

Pittsburgh City Council is considering legislation that could make first-time homebuying in the city a little easier and help alleviate some longtime homeowners from the perils of gentrification and property maintenance.

Councilman Dan Gilman (District 8), along with Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith (District 2), introduced three separate bills Tuesday that fall in line with measures laid out under the Affordable Housing Trust Fund passed a year ago, but would provide a better operational framework.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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