Pittsburgh City Councilwoman calling for state investigation into city's water supplier

Pittsburgh City Councilwoman calling for state investigation into city's water supplier

In light of the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority’s flush and boil water advisory issued Tuesday for about 100,000 of its customers due to a contamination precaution, Pittsburgh City Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith (District 2) is calling on the state Attorney General and Auditor General to conduct an independent investigation into the city’s water supplier. 

“I am so sick of PWSA and all of the issues with PWSA,” said the Councilwoman following a council meeting Wednesday. “Since I’ve been here we’ve had issues with billing, issues with communication, lead in the water, and now this. We need an investigation into PWSA and we need to make some very strong steps moving forward.”
Wednesday, February 1, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Senate Democrats ask Gov. Wolf to call a special session on property tax reform

Senate Democrats ask Gov. Wolf to call a special session on property tax reform

The Senate Democratic Caucus was out in force Wednesday, urging the governor to call a special session on property tax reform.

 

The issue has been at the center of heated debate for years in Pennsylvania, and has taken up a particular place of prominence with the recent and increasing success of property tax elimination proponents to gain support for their concept.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Senate starts process of allowing Game Commission, Fish and Boat Commission to set their own licensing fees

Senate starts process of allowing Game Commission, Fish and Boat Commission to set their own licensing fees

The Senate Game and Fisheries Committee sent two bills to the full Senate for consideration Wednesday that would, in sum, allow the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission to set their own licensing fees.

 

Currently, the two commissions are funded largely by fees from licenses and the mechanism to raise licensing fees rests solely with the General Assembly.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Senate committee advances legislation to strengthen Equal Pay Law

Senate committee advances legislation to strengthen Equal Pay Law

The Senate Labor and Industry Committee Wednesday unanimously advanced Senate Bill 241, legislation sponsored by Sen. Tom McGarrigle (R-Delaware) that supporters say would strengthen Pennsylvania’s Equal Pay Law.

 

Currently, Pennsylvania’s Equal Pay Law disallows paying different wages for the same work based on one’s gender, but with exceptions including a merit-based wage system, a seniority-based wage system, a quantity/quality based system, and any other factor other than sex.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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