Vulakovich calls for legislative committee to study rail service between Pittsburgh, Harrisburg

Vulakovich calls for legislative committee to study rail service between Pittsburgh, Harrisburg

A resolution calling for a comprehensive review of an Amtrak train service between Pittsburgh and Harrisburg passed the state Senate this week.

SR 76, sponsored by Sen. Randy Vulakovich (R-Shaler Twp.) directs the Pennsylvania Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to study the feasibility of increasing passenger rail service between the two cities.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Costa, Fontana plan to require PA to work towards keeping with the Paris Climate Accord

Costa, Fontana plan to require PA to work towards keeping with the Paris Climate Accord

In response to President Donald Trump’s dismissal of the Paris climate accord last week, Senators Jay Costa (D-Forest Hills) and Wayne Fontana (D-Brookline) plan to introduce state legislation that would continue Obama-era environmental regulations.  


Absent federal leadership and with the goal of keeping Pennsylvania on “a steady path in the battle against climate change,” the Pittsburgh-area lawmakers want to require the Department of Environmental Protection to adopt the requirements set forth in the Obama Clean Power Plan.  

Tuesday, June 6, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Bill to put PWSA under PUC control pushes forward while the water authority temporarily halts its partial lead line replacement program

Bill to put PWSA under PUC control pushes forward while the water authority temporarily halts its partial lead line replacement program

The House Consumer Affairs Committee Monday advanced a proposal—House Bill 1490 introduced by House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-McCandless) and Rep. Harry Readshaw (D-Baldwin)—to place the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) under the oversight of the Public Utility Commission (PUC).

Citing the many issues facing the authority, including multi-million dollar debt, unmetered accounts, incorrect billing, system leaks, noncompliance with federal water quality mandates, and unidentified lead-contaminated water service lines, the lawmakers say those issues call into serious question the sustainability of PWSA and the health and safety of those served by the system. 

Monday, June 5, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Pennsylvania state and city officials react to US withdrawal from Paris climate accord

Pennsylvania state and city officials react to US withdrawal from Paris climate accord

Since President Donald Trump’s Thursday afternoon announcement that the United States will be withdrawing from the 2015 Paris climate change agreement, Pennsylvania officials have voiced their concerns as to what the decision could mean for the state and its cities. 

Friday, June 2, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Rep. DeLuca calls for PDE oversight of troubled Penn Hills School District

Rep. DeLuca calls for PDE oversight of troubled Penn Hills School District

In light of a number of different issues facing the Penn Hills School District, Rep. Tony DeLuca (D-Penn Hills) has asked the state Department of Education to place the district into the state’s financial recovery program and to appoint a qualified chief financial recovery officer to oversee the district.

In a letter to the Executive Secretary David Volkman, DeLuca expressed concern regarding how the appointment of a new school board member was handled following the recent resignation of a board member.

“This is a District desperately in need of fresh insight and oversight,” wrote DeLuca. “I once again implore you to take action for the betterment of this District before it’s too late. I feel strongly the financial situation will not, nor cannot, improve without the intervention of the Commonwealth. Each action the Board takes confirms my belief.”

Thursday, June 1, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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