Mid-year budget briefing: Wolf administration projects year-end surplus

Mid-year budget briefing: Wolf administration projects year-end surplus

Wolf administration Budget Sec. Randy Albright delivered the mid-year budget briefing Thursday, where he projected a year-end surplus potentially as high as $31.2 million on top of a $10 million transfer to the Commonwealth’s Rainy Day Fund.

Thursday, December 14, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Allegheny County state legislative delegation activity for the week of December 11

Allegheny County state legislative delegation activity for the week of December 11

The state House and Senate wrapped up its legislative agenda for 2017 this week. 

Here's how the Pittsburgh and Allegheny County delegation voted on various pieces of legislation. 

Thursday, December 14, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
UC funding bill heads to Wolf’s desk

UC funding bill heads to Wolf’s desk

In one of the last major pieces of legislation awaiting completion by the General Assembly prior to the end of 2017, the state Senate passed legislation aimed at providing an “exit ramp” for ending state funding of unemployment compensation system upgrades by a vote of 43-5.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
A raise in Pittsburgh's realty transfer tax gets preliminary City Council approval

A raise in Pittsburgh's realty transfer tax gets preliminary City Council approval

Pittsburgh City Council has advanced legislation that would increase the city’s realty transfer tax from 4 percent to 4.5 percent in 2018.

The money garnered from the tax is expected to go toward the affordable housing trust fund, also known as the Housing Opportunity Trust Fund, which was approved by council last December. It is also expected to supply the fund with $10 million annually for the next five years to build housing and rehabilitate older homes for those who qualify under low-income standards.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Laughlin-Alloway Education Committee switch made official

Laughlin-Alloway Education Committee switch made official

After days of speculation and one cancelled vote in committee as a result, Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) announced Wednesday that Sen. Dan Laughlin (R-Erie) has resigned as a member of the Senate Education Committee and is being replaced by Sen. Rich Alloway (R-Franklin).

Wednesday, December 13, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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