Pittsburgh City Controller releases Comprehensive Annual Financial Report

Pittsburgh City Controller releases Comprehensive Annual Financial Report

Due to fluctuations in the stock market and purchases made, the City of Pittsburgh has had a complex year financially. However, despite some losses, Pittsburgh Controller Michael Lamb reported during his release of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report that the city is in good shape, fiscally speaking.

According to the report, Pittsburgh ended 2018 with $3.3 million in its general fund surplus. This is a decrease from 2017 surplus.  During the Wednesday announcement Lamb attributed this in part to the $26 million the city transferred from the general fund to pay for capital projects. Despite the lower surplus, Lamb maintained that the city having a surplus was a sign of the city’s good position. 
Thursday, May 2, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Democratic legislators back attorney general in suit against UPMC

Democratic legislators back attorney general in suit against UPMC

In February with the end of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Highmark partnership in sight, Attorney General Josh Shapiro filed suit to prevent the break-up.

From Shapiro’s side, the break-up would create unnecessary turmoil for patients, who could lose access to their doctors and or be forced to pay out of network prices. Furthermore, Shapiro alleged that that UPMC had failed to fulfill its charitable obligations.

Friday, April 26, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Planning Commission recommends inclusionary zoning legislation

Pittsburgh Planning Commission recommends inclusionary zoning legislation

After a two hours of testimony from Lawrenceville residents, activists, and the occasional elected official, the Pittsburgh Planning Commission unanimously recommended that Pittsburgh City Council approve proposed legislation for inclusionary zoning on Tuesday.

In recent years areas of Pittsburgh such as Lawrenceville have seen their share of redevelopment. The downside has often been as the cost of living rises, older and less well-off residents have been forced to leave. To confront displacement, Pittsburgh City councilwoman Deb Gross (D-District 7) proposed an inclusionary zoning measure that would require setting aside 10 percent of affordable housing in any project comprised of 20 units.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
City of Pittsburgh grapples with food insecurity

City of Pittsburgh grapples with food insecurity

Food insecurity is the state of being unable to obtain a sufficient amount of healthy food on the daily basis. Nationally, 12.9 percent of the population are food insecure. In Pennsylvania 12.5 percent of the population fits the category, but in the City of Pittsburgh an alarming 21 percent of residents are food insecure.

The reasons for this are complex and vary from family to family, but after a nearly two hour post-agenda of testimony before Pittsburgh City Council last week, hunger advocates agree it will require a systemic change to address food insecurity in Pittsburgh.

Monday, April 22, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
City of Pittsburgh releases Pittsburgh Equity Indicator report

City of Pittsburgh releases Pittsburgh Equity Indicator report

The city of Pittsburgh released its second annual report on the Pittsburgh Equity Indicators, a set of 80 measures that examine disparities based on race, gender, and/or income in multiple areas to better understand opportunities available to Pittsburgh residents.

“This analysis is a start towards untangling the deep roots of inequality that exist in this city,” Mayor Bill Peduto said.

Thursday, April 18, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
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