Allegheny County considers establishing much-debated children’s fund

Allegheny County considers establishing much-debated children’s fund

After a summer of lobbying, when given the choice to fund the $18 billion Children’s Fund through a property tax raise, Allegheny County voters narrowly rejected the measure. Months later, though the loss was disheartening for the initiative’s strongest supporters, it appears the county could have a children’s fund after all.

In a press release this week County Executive Rich Fitzgerald announced that a 26-member working group had been assembled to examine the feasibility of a children’s fund. Despite his being on record as opposing the property tax that would have funded the Our Kids, Our Future initiative, Fitzgerald said he felt the fund was necessary for the county’s children.  
Friday, March 29, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Navy veteran reaches for the District 37 senate seat

Navy veteran reaches for the District 37 senate seat

When Pam Iovino finished college, she was at a crossroads in her life. Thinking it would help her figure out the next step she joined the Navy.

“I thought I would just stay four years,” Iovino recalled. “I had a specific objective to get leadership experience and start building a resume with some nice bullets on it and to also earn some education benefits so that I could go to graduate school.”

Tuesday, March 26, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Local businessman makes second attempt at district 37 senate seat

Local businessman makes second attempt at district 37 senate seat

On a brisk November night in 2012, D. Raja conceded defeat for the District 37 state Senate seat to Democrat Matt Smith. The vote was close and the season marked by a tense primary and even more contentious general election. In the end Raja walked away with 47 percent of the vote compared to Smith’s 53 percent. The loss was disappointing, but it wasn’t the end of Raja’s political career in the county.

Seven years, a radio show, multiple boards, and an ascension as the chairman of the Allegheny County Republican Committee later - when same seat became vacant with Guy Reschenthaler leaving for congress, Raja decided the time was right to run again.

Monday, March 25, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
District 37 candidates debate the issues

District 37 candidates debate the issues

After a season marked by contentious ads and sparring for District 37 senate seat Pam Iovino and Raja met at Robert Morris University to debate the issues. After an hour of audience-led questions on guns, abortion, and health, although the debate was civil, it’s clear the two candidates both believe they’re the best person to replace the recently resigned Guy Reschenthaler.
Thursday, March 21, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Tags: Elections
Environmental advocates hold clean air rally to call for accountability

Environmental advocates hold clean air rally to call for accountability

On the tepid first day of Spring, environmental advocates took to the city-county building stairs in Pittsburgh at Penn Environment’s second annual clean air rally to remind residents and elected officials alike that air quality often makes the city less than livable.

From its smoggy past to its unhealthy, air quality advisory-filled present, the Steel City has its share of air quality issues. Although over the past year the city and Allegheny County have seen progress, Zachary Barber, an organizer for PennEnvironment, reminded the modest crowd of thirty that Pittsburgh’s air quality is still among the worst in the nation. 
Wednesday, March 20, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: News and Views
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