Pittsburgh controller blames increased realty transfer tax, disaster response for sagging revenues

Pittsburgh controller blames increased realty transfer tax, disaster response for sagging revenues

City Controller Michael Lamb blamed the city’s increased realty transfer tax for sluggish revenue numbers in the first half of 2018 Tuesday.

“It was an unnecessary increase that has been counterproductive to affordable housing,” Lamb said at a press conference. “We’re fighting to keep families in this city and the tax is an added hurdle in the way of enticing new people into town.”

Tuesday, July 10, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Relationship between Uber and Pittsburgh strains from self-driving tests

Relationship between Uber and Pittsburgh strains from self-driving tests

A tiff between Uber and their former ally, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, opened up last week as the rideshare giant announced they were closing down testing of self-driving cars in Arizona — while gearing up to restart testing in Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Sacramento.

The company came under scrutiny after the fatal crash that involved one of their cars in Tempe, Arizona, in March. In the aftermath Uber voluntarily halted its testing and government entities such as the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation proposed safety measures to prevent similar instances. Uber remains under investigation for the accident.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Worried about displacement, Pittsburghers demand to see Amazon bid

Worried about displacement, Pittsburghers demand to see Amazon bid

With signs demanding transparency, community investment, and their very own ‘Alexa’ more than 20 community organizers and concerned residents gathered in front of the Pittsburgh City-County Building to ask that elected officials release their much discussed Amazon HQ2 bid to the public Wednesday.

Pittsburgh along with Philadelphia, Atlanta, Chicago, and over a dozen other cities, is competing to land Amazon’s second headquarters. 

Wednesday, April 11, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Allegheny County hire law firm to investigate, possibly litigate against opioid producers

Pittsburgh, Allegheny County hire law firm to investigate, possibly litigate against opioid producers

Motley Rice, LLC, a national plaintiff litigation firm, was selected after a request for qualifications went out from both municipalities last December, according to a press release. 

Thursday, March 8, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
In search of gender gaps, Pittsburgh launches Gender Equity Commission

In search of gender gaps, Pittsburgh launches Gender Equity Commission

On the first day of Women’s History Month, Pittsburgh unveiled its Gender Equity Commission at a press conference Thursday.

The commission, authorized by legislation signed by Mayor Bill Peduto last year, will now attempt to “dismantle gender inequities in our city” according to commission Executive Director anupama jain.
Thursday, March 1, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
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