Experts explain state medical marijuana program to Pittsburgh City Council

Although the medical marijuana program in Pennsylvania has been passed into law, it is has yet to get up and running, spurring questions from some Pittsburgh City Council members as to what the program will look like in the city.

Councilman Corey O’Connor, along with Sen. Daylin Leach, one of the prime sponsors of Act 16 of 2016, held a post agenda meeting Thursday afternoon to brief the city officials on what they can expect when the growing/processing and dispensary facilities open in Pittsburgh.

With the announcement of medical marijuana facility permits by the state Health Department last month, the Pittsburgh area is set to receive one growing/processing plant in McKeesport and three primary dispensary locations set for Oakland, Lawrenceville, and Squirrel Hill. Under the law, each dispensary is allowed up to three different locations. 

Friday, July 14, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
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Fellowship program could bring help to Pittsburgh's Facilities Optimization Plan

Fellowship program could bring help to Pittsburgh's Facilities Optimization Plan

Pittsburgh City Council is set to vote on legislation that would bring in mid-level professionals to help aid in a plan to re-invest in city-owned facilities.  


Council could vote as soon as Tuesday of next week on funding for a Fellowship Participation Agreement with FUSE Corps, a non-profit organization that helps aid local governments on various civic projects, to allow three individuals help carry out Mayor Peduto’s Facilities Optimization Plan. 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
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Pittsburgh Councilman calling on Wolf administration to help new homeowners pay off student debt

Pittsburgh Councilman calling on Wolf administration to help new homeowners pay off student debt

A Pittsburgh City Councilman is calling on the Wolf administration to help aid in a program that would help new homeowners pay off a portion of their student loan debt.


In a Will of Council passed by members Tuesday morning, Councilman Corey O’Connor (District 5) laid out a proposal calling on the state to develop and administer a program where the Commonwealth would repay a portion of an individual’s outstanding federal student loan debt when they finance a home through the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
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Pittsburgh Controller says city finances are currently "on target"

Pittsburgh Controller says city finances are currently "on target"

If 2016 trends continue, Pittsburgh’s budget surplus at the end of 2017 could be close to $20 million, said City Controller Michael Lamb at his mid-year update on the city’s finances Monday.
The budget surplus for 2016 was more than $37 million thanks to tax revenue increases, particularly real estate and earned income taxes, said the Controller.
Monday, July 10, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
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Dermody appoints new member to Pittsburgh's ICA board

Dermody appoints new member to Pittsburgh's ICA board

After Dr. Esther Barazzone announced last month that she would be leaving the board of the Pittsburgh Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority, a new member was announced Monday to fill her position on the city financial oversight board.
The appointment of Dr. John M. Wilds, which became effective July 1, 2017, was made by House Minority Leader Frank Dermody (D-Cheswick). The ICA board is made up of one appointment each by the Governor, the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, Minority Leader of the Senate, Speaker of the House, and Minority Leader of the House.
Monday, July 10, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
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