Sen. Fontana seeks to empower municipalities to help citizens with crumbling water and sewer lines

Sen. Fontana seeks to empower municipalities to help citizens with crumbling water and sewer lines

In an effort to help Pennsylvanian’s repair or replace their at risk water and sewer lines, Sen. Wayne Fontana (D-Brookline) introduced a package of legislation Wednesday that would allow local governments to tap government funding sources to help. 

Highlighting the fact that Pennsylvania’s aging pipe infrastructure is buckling from high lead content, storm water overflows, discharges and other serious issues, Fontana said homeowners are unable to afford to repair or replace the deteriorating waterlines on their properties, noting that some repairs can run from $5,000 to $35,000. 

Thursday, March 30, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Allegheny County Controller calling on Pittsburgh Mayor to prioritize water lead crisis in city

Allegheny County Controller calling on Pittsburgh Mayor to prioritize water lead crisis in city

Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner held a press conference Tuesday to call on Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto to address the “public health crisis” that is elevated lead levels in city drinking water.

 

“We cannot continue the delays, and we cannot continue to fail to address what is the elephant in the room, the fact that lead is leaching through the lines in one of four of the homes that are serviced by the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA),” said Controller Wagner. 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh

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
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