Senators discuss Wolf's proposed lease-leaseback plan of Farm Show Complex to help with state budget deficit

Senators discuss Wolf's proposed lease-leaseback plan of Farm Show Complex to help with state budget deficit

The Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, along with the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Education, Workforce, Community and Economic Development, held a joint hearing Tuesday to discuss a $200 million lease-leaseback proposal of the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center. 

In his 2017-2018 budget proposal, Gov. Tom Wolf proposed seeking a private investment company  to pay an upfront fee, presumably $200 million, to the Commonwealth to help fill a hole in the Commonwealth’s $2 billion structural deficit. 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: News and Views
Pittsburgh Mayor announces firm for restructuring of its water and sewer authority

Pittsburgh Mayor announces firm for restructuring of its water and sewer authority

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto announced Tuesday that Infrastructure Management Group (IMG) has been chosen to manage a possible restructuring of the embattled Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority. 

IMG was one of four finalists that made presentations to the Mayor and a Blue Ribbon Panel of experts tasked with finding a restructuring group at a public meeting on March 31.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh announces lead water filter plan, Allegheny County Controller Wagner to monitor county's assessment of lead levels in children

Pittsburgh announces lead water filter plan, Allegheny County Controller Wagner to monitor county's assessment of lead levels in children

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, his administration, and the Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority announced their plans Monday for distributing water filters as part of their Safe Water Program to combat lead. 

According to the plan, initial priority will be given to those with small children and those with homes affected by partial lead line replacements, but all city residents are eligible to receive them, including residents of the Borough of Millvale, which is serviced by PWSA. 

Monday, April 24, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh

Leach, Folmer discuss medical marijuana law at MMJ expo in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh was the host of its first-ever medical marijuana conference this weekend, where cannabis leaders, physicians and patients gathered to learn more and get better connected to the industry.

State Senators Daylin Leach (D-Philadelphia) and Mike Folmer (R-Lancaster), champions of the  medical marijuana legislation that was signed into law last April, hosted a discussion on the first phase of the rollout of the law, and the potential timeline for when the program will be up and running. 

Friday, April 21, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Mayor announces nominees to fill PWSA board vacancies

Pittsburgh Mayor announces nominees to fill PWSA board vacancies

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto announced his three nominees Friday to fill vacancies on the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority. 

His nominees are: Debbie Lestitian, the chief administration officer and personnel director for the Mayor; Chaton Turner, Assistant Counsel to the Center for Fertility at the UPMC Physician Services Division; and Jim Turner who spent 10 years with the Pennsylvania Economy League and the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, and previously served as the City’s budget director, finance director and Chief Administrative Officer. He is now adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and international Affairs (GSPIA). 

Friday, April 21, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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