Commonwealth Court strikes down Pittsburgh paid sick leave ordinance, strikes blow to other municipal efforts

Commonwealth Court strikes down Pittsburgh paid sick leave ordinance, strikes blow to other municipal efforts

In the battle to enact Pittsburgh’s paid sick leave ordinance, Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court ruled this week that city council had no authority to pass the ordinance intended to offer paid sick leave to low-wage workers.

The holding also puts in jeopardy similar ordinances currently on the books in other areas of the commonwealth. 

Thursday, May 18, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Auditor General to review state grant agreement for DNC funds

Auditor General to review state grant agreement for DNC funds

In response to a letter from Senate Republican leaders and comments made by Gov. Tom Wolf, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said he has instructed his staff to conduct a thorough review of the grant agreement that allowed $10 million in taxpayer funds to go to help fund the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia last year, following reports that showed that a surplus in DNC funds went to staff bonuses.

Thursday, May 18, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Senators want to sell naming rights to state office buildings to help offset operational costs

Senators want to sell naming rights to state office buildings to help offset operational costs

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania owns and leases a lot of office space across the state: 16 million square feet in total. This week, two senators from different sides of Pennsylvania—Sen. Dave Argall (R-Schuylkill) and Sen. Randy Vulakovich (R-Allegheny)—unveiled their proposal to sell the naming rights to just about every state-owned office building help offset the operational costs of these facilities.

 

The proposal comes out of recommendations from a report issued by the Joint State Government Commission at the end of last year in response to a resolution sponsored by the two senators seeking answers to questions they had about reports of unused/unmanned state office space still requiring maintenance, upkeep, and—most importantly—money by the Commonwealth.

Thursday, May 18, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Gov. Wolf blasts White House’s approach to opioid addiction crisis

Gov. Wolf blasts White House’s approach to opioid addiction crisis

Gov. Tom Wolf held a press conference Tuesday afternoon to discuss the letter he had written to White House Senior Advisor Jared Kushner—the President’ son-in-law—who has been tapped by the Trump administration to run point on heroin and opiate addiction countermeasures.

The letter expressed the governor’s concerns over the American Health Care Act (AHCA) and its potential repercussions to the ongoing battle against the addiction crisis in Pennsylvania.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017/Author: Kyle Maguire
Categories: News and Views
2017 primary election wrap

2017 primary election wrap

The results from the 2017 primary election in Pennsylvania are in and, like with any election, while a lot looks set to change, much will continue to remain the same.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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