City contracts, police retirement spark pointed conversations on Pittsburgh city council

City contracts, police retirement spark pointed conversations on Pittsburgh city council

At a meeting Wednesday, Pittsburgh city council addressed a tax code clean up, followed up on a bill to support developing entrepreneurs, and addressed the city police’s mandatory retirement age. 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
Council introduces bill to fund entrepreneurs, approves over $5 million in police conduct settlements

Council introduces bill to fund entrepreneurs, approves over $5 million in police conduct settlements

Starting a new business in Pittsburgh and need an expensive permit? Maybe a new website or a hood on a stove?

New legislation proposed by Councilman Corey O’Connor (District 5) could mean there’s a grant for that.

The bill, proposed Tuesday, would direct the city’s Urban Redevelopment Authority to set up an Entrepreneur Support Fund that could provide grants or loans to fledgling small businesses in the city.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh launches program to build trust between immigrants and first responders

Pittsburgh launches program to build trust between immigrants and first responders

Earlier this year, Pittsburgh Assistant Public Safety Director Shatara Murphy recalled talking to two children of immigrants that reminded her why so many newcomers to the city might hesitate to dial 911.

At a community meeting, one child asked Murphy if she could stop police from mistreating her mom because of her poor English. The other asked how many people could fit in a fire truck — worrying that it would come and take her and her family away from their homes.

“We understand there is an inherent mistrust of public safety officials in the immigrant community, and it is purely from a lack of understanding,” Murphy said.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
Commonwealth Court sides with Pittsburgh over police salary battle

Commonwealth Court sides with Pittsburgh over police salary battle

The Commonwealth Court ruled this week that the Pittsburgh police union union's judicial request for an officer wage increase should be started at the Court of Common Pleas, instead of at the appellate level.  


The seven judge panel heard the case in Pittsburgh in early April after talks between the city and the Fraternal Order of Police Fort Pitt Lodge No. 1 to negotiate a contract for officers broke down, sending the dispute into binding arbitration. 


Tuesday, July 18, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
School district study seeks to address problems in proposed FY 17-18 budget

School district study seeks to address problems in proposed FY 17-18 budget

The Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials (PASBO) and Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators (PASA) hosted a press call Wednesday morning to discuss the findings of plausible implications to school districts with regards to the FY 2017-2018 preliminary budget process.

In his proposed budget, Gov. Wolf committed to increased state education funding for Pre-K by $75 million, although that number was reduced to $25 million in House Republican budget.

Gov. Wolf also wanted to increase efficiencies of the state by cutting the transportation line item for school districts by $50 million. 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017/Author: Kyle Maguire
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