As leaving Act 47 becomes more of a reality for Pittsburgh, lawmakers agree ICA is no longer needed

As leaving Act 47 becomes more of a reality for Pittsburgh, lawmakers agree ICA is no longer needed

With talks of Pittsburgh leaving Act 47 status by the beginning of 2018 and with a zeroing out of the city’s financial oversight authority’s line item in this year’s state budget, lawmakers and Pittsburgh officials are agreeing that there is no longer a need for the Pittsburgh Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority to continue past the end of the year.

“The ICA did its job in helping Pittsburgh get its finances in order and making sure its budget priorities are in the right place,” said House Republican caucus spokesman Steve Miskin. “Now things are happening with a continued positive trend and there’s a feeling that the ICA has run its course and no more funding needs to be expended.”
Tuesday, November 7, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Pittsburgh officials remind Pennsylvanians open enrollment for ACA coverage begins this week

Pittsburgh officials remind Pennsylvanians open enrollment for ACA coverage begins this week

Rep. Dan Frankel (D-Squirrel Hill) and health advocates held a press conference in Pittsburgh Monday to let Pennsylvanians know that the Affordable Care Act is still “the law of the land.”

Due to cutbacks in advertising of the ACA, also known as Obamacare, and with “all the noise” coming from the nation’s capital about repealing and replacing the universal healthcare system, Rep. Frankel wanted to remind his constituents that the ACA is still alive and well and open enrollment for coverage begins this Wednesday, November 1 and runs through Friday, December 15.
Monday, October 30, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Pittsburgh lawmakers discuss putting an end to driver's license suspensions

Pittsburgh lawmakers discuss putting an end to driver's license suspensions

The state House Judiciary and Transportation committees held a joint hearing in Pittsburgh Friday morning on various pieces of legislation by area lawmakers that would put an end to driver's license suspensions for individuals with non-driving convictions.

House Bill 42, sponsored by Rep. Rick Saccone (Jefferson Hills), was the main topic of consideration, as it would remove a license suspension for convictions such as theft, purchase of tobacco or alcohol by a minor, or carrying a false identification card. 

Sunday, October 29, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Allegheny County state legislative delegation activity for October 23

Allegheny County state legislative delegation activity for October 23

The state House and Senate concluded legislative action for the 2017-2018 state budget this week. 

Here's how the Pittsburgh and Allegheny County delegation voted on key budget bills. 

Friday, October 27, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Treasury authorizes $1.8 billion line of credit to state's General Fund

Treasury authorizes $1.8 billion line of credit to state's General Fund

State Treasurer Joe Torsella announced Friday that he has authorized a $1.8 billion line of credit from the Treasury’s Short Term Investment Pool (STIP) to the state General Fund.

The line of credit is to be paid back on or before April 2, 2018 at a variable interest rate equal to the SiFMA Swap Index Yield, according to a statement by Treasurer Torsella. 

Friday, October 27, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
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