State lawmakers hope stronger trash-dumping enforcement legislation will help clean up “filthadelphia”

State lawmakers hope stronger trash-dumping enforcement legislation will help clean up “filthadelphia”

Rep. Angel Cruz (D-Philadelphia) and other members of the state House’s Philadelphia delegation are hoping that newly introduced legislation to strengthen trash-dumping enforcement in Pennsylvania’s largest city will help clean up what has been dubbed as “filthadelphia.”

Tuesday, November 21, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
PA House works through some natural gas tax amendments

PA House works through some natural gas tax amendments

In its first day back since wrapping up the state budget process at the end of October, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Monday started what is likely to be the General Assembly’s next major lift: the passage of a natural gas severance tax bill.

Monday, November 20, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Bill placing PWSA under PUC oversight to be signed by Gov. Wolf

Bill placing PWSA under PUC oversight to be signed by Gov. Wolf

Legislation putting the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority under the control of the Pennsylvania Utility Commission is heading to Gov. Tom Wolf for his signature.

After making its way through the legislative, which started in early June, House Bill 1490 sponsored by House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Bradford Woods) and Rep. Harry Readshaw (D-Carrick) passed the full House Monday 189-5.
Monday, November 20, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
CHIP reauthorization bill returns to Senate in original form

CHIP reauthorization bill returns to Senate in original form

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives Monday sent back to the Senate legislation that would reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program without Senate-inserted language that would prohibit the health insurance plan from covering gender confirmation/reassignment surgeries.

Monday, November 20, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Pittsburgh city contractors may face wage hike from new council bill

Pittsburgh city contractors may face wage hike from new council bill

The city of Pittsburgh has just introduced the next step in its slow grind forward to raise wages for low income workers in the most liveable city. 

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto sent legislation to city council Monday to mandate any employer with a professional service contract with the city worth more than $100,000 pay their workers $15 an hour. 

“City government has the ability to choose many different factors of who it decides to do business with,” Peduto said. “I can't think of anything more important than having an agreement that the lowest paid workers of those that do business with the city are adequately paid.” 

Monday, November 20, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
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