Pittsburgh to bring back its mounted horse police unit

Pittsburgh to bring back its mounted horse police unit

The Pittsburgh Department of Police is one step closer to revamping its mounted horse police squad. 

The Public Safety Services Committee of Pittsburgh City Council on Monday considered a bill that would reinstate the Mounted Police Trust Fund (MPTF) to support the mounted police program- a program that was halted in 2004 when the city went under Act 47. 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh FOP takes salary battle with city to Commonwealth Court

Pittsburgh FOP takes salary battle with city to Commonwealth Court

Commonwealth Court heard arguments over Pittsburgh police contracts on Wednesday, and what the police union calls “arbitrary and capricious” raises offered by the city.  

According to the Fraternal Order of Police Fort Pitt Lodge No. 1, union members received minimal wage increases over the term of a four-year contract beginning in 2014 that was part of an arbitration award. 

Thursday, April 6, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Constitutionality of Philadelphia's soda tax debated before Commonwealth Court in Pittsburgh

Constitutionality of Philadelphia's soda tax debated before Commonwealth Court in Pittsburgh

Commonwealth Court heard arguments over Philadelphia’s 1.5 cents per ounce tax on sweetened beverages in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, a city ordinance that became effective January 1. 

The American Beverage Association, The Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association, along with several Philadelphia businesses and consumers filed suit against the tax to in September, stating that it is in violation of the state constitution. 

A Philadelphia Common Pleas Court judge rejected their arguments and dismissed their case, resulting in the immediate appeal heard by a full panel Commonwealth Court Wednesday. 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Battle over Pittsburgh's water infrastructure needs intensifies

Battle over Pittsburgh's water infrastructure needs intensifies

In an effort to address the long-term, systemic challenges facing Pittsburgh’s Water & Sewer Authority (PWSA), Mayor Bill Peduto hosted a hearing with an expert water panel tasked with finding solutions to the Authority’s aging infrastructure needs, crippling debt, and water quality issues on Friday as the political battle over the authority's future and Pittsburgh's water infrastructure needs grows.

Sunday, April 2, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Implications of repealing ACA and Medicaid expansion examined by House Democrats in Pittsburgh

Implications of repealing ACA and Medicaid expansion examined by House Democrats in Pittsburgh

Rep. Dan Frankel (D-Squirrel Hill) hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee meeting recently to discuss and explore the implications of a potential federal government repeal of the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion. 

Republican members of Congress were expected to vote on a measure that would repeal the ACA and replace it with the American Health Care Act last week, but the vote was postponed due to a lack of support. 

Thursday, March 30, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
RSS
First45678910111213Last