Allegheny County Delegation votes and activity for the week of April 17

Allegheny County Delegation votes and activity for the week of April 17

The state General Assembly wrapped up session for the week of April 17 by sending a bill that will provide $15 million to fund operations at the state’s unemployment compensation call centers for up to nine months to Governor Wolf for his signature. 

In a vote 41-8 Wednesday, the Senate passed Senate Bill 250 and what some call a short-term fix to how the Commonwealth has been funding technology and infrastructure improvements in the UC call center system. 

Friday, April 21, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Penguins set to start residential development of former Civic Arena site, seek low-income tax credit from Commonwealth

Pittsburgh Penguins set to start residential development of former Civic Arena site, seek low-income tax credit from Commonwealth

The Pittsburgh Penguins and the St. Louis-based development firm McCormack Baron Salazar announced Thursday that they are ready to start development of the former Civic Arena site in the Lower Hill District, the former home of the Penguins.

The NHL team and developer submitted a letter of intent to the Pittsburgh-Allegheny County Sports & Exhibition Authority (SEA) and the city’s Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) to start the first phase of a 1,000-plus unit of residential development at the site that currently stands as a city commuter parking lot. 

Thursday, April 20, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh to adopt “Rooney Rule” for city hiring

Pittsburgh to adopt “Rooney Rule” for city hiring

In the wake of Steelers' Chairman Dan Rooney’s passing this week, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto has issued an Executive Order adopting measures to promote diversity in hiring city employees, similar to an initiative backed by Rooney within the NFL. 

 

The “Rooney Rule,” created in 2003 when the late Chairman was the head of the NFL’s diversity committee, requires teams to interview minority candidates for all openings in head coaching and other supervisory roles. 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Senate committees explore health and solvency of the state Lottery Fund

Senate committees explore health and solvency of the state Lottery Fund

The Senate Finance and Aging & Youth Committees held a joint hearing Tuesday to discuss the solvency and future of the Pennsylvania lottery fund and the millions of older residents that it supports. 

Although the state Lottery has generated more than $1 billion in proceeds per year for the past five fiscal years, Executive Director of the Lottery, Drew Svitko, said current sales are $123 million, or 3.9 percent, behind the same point last fiscal year. 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: News and Views
DeLuca calls on House State Government Committee chair to move on election, government reform bills

DeLuca calls on House State Government Committee chair to move on election, government reform bills

In a letter to House State Government Committee Chairman Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler), Rep. Tony DeLuca (D-Penn Hills) is asking the Chairman to move on a package of bills to create a “more open and equitable election process” in Pennsylvania government. 

In the letter, DeLuca called on Metcalfe to consider six election and government reform-related bills that have been referred to the committee, such as HB 945 which would give voters the opportunity to register at their polling place on Election Day by providing ID that includes a photo and permanent address.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
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