Rotunda Ramblings - Episode 39: Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto

After we do an overview of the week's news, Pittsburgh Bureau Chief Alanna Koll sits down for an interview with Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto for the feature of the podcast. Mayor Peduto talks about his start in office, the need for state action on municipal pension reform, his vision for Pittsburgh, and what his love of hockey and music.

Friday, March 24, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: Rotunda Ramblings
Pittsburgh and state officials discuss possible implications of proposed Affordable Care Act repeal

Pittsburgh and state officials discuss possible implications of proposed Affordable Care Act repeal

As U.S. House members debate a vote to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act in Washington, Pennsylvania officials met in Pittsburgh Thursday to discuss the impact the move would have for state residents.

During a press conference at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller said that because of the ACA, 6.1 million Pennsylvanians benefit from access to free preventive care services, 5.4 million can’t be denied health insurance coverage because of a pre-existing condition, and 4.5 million are no longer subject to annual and lifetime limits that used to be placed on covered benefits. 

Thursday, March 23, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh paid sick leave ordinance faces significant roadblocks

Pittsburgh paid sick leave ordinance faces significant roadblocks

A proposed state law to end paid sick leave policies in cities like Pittsburgh isn’t the only barrier the city faces in enacting an already passed paid sick leave ordinance. 

The ordinance, passed by Pittsburgh City Council in August 2015, would require businesses with 15 or more employees to accrue one hour of paid sick leave for every 35 hours worked to a maximum of 40 hours. Employers with fewer than 15 employees would have to provide upward of 24 hours annually under the measure. 

Thursday, March 23, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
AG DePasquale finds Pittsburgh pension funds continue to slide

AG DePasquale finds Pittsburgh pension funds continue to slide

In a recent audit of Pittsburgh’s municipal pension fund, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said despite the city contributing $41.3 million more to its plans than required, funding levels have dropped to 57 percent during his latest audit. 
From January 1, 2014, to December 31, 2015, Pittsburgh contributed $115.6 million- well above the required $74.2 million minimum payment- to its three employee pension plans, according to the Auditor General. 
Thursday, March 16, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh to get new and improved public transit system

Pittsburgh to get new and improved public transit system

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto announced their plan Thursday for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), a high-speed transit proposal expected to better connect Oakland, home of the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University, with downtown.

“This is going to be one of the most transformational transportation projects that this region has ever undertaken,” said Fitzgerald. “We’ve been working on this for a number of years.”

Friday, March 10, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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