In absence of state action, Pittsburgh City Council shows support for local needle exchange program

In absence of state action, Pittsburgh City Council shows support for local needle exchange program

A Will of Council introduced Tuesday in Pittsburgh City Council to re-locate a clean needle exchange program in the city turned the focus on the state’s prohibition to allow such places to exist. 

Prevention Point Pittsburgh (PPP), a nonprofit organization that provides health services to injection drug users, is moving one of its three locations to the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force in the neighborhood of East Liberty with the hope of expanding their reach and their services. 
Tuesday, February 14, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Gov. Wolf sat among pre-k students while pushing for more program funding as part of his budget

Gov. Wolf sat among pre-k students while pushing for more program funding as part of his budget

Gov. Tom Wolf Tuesday joined pre-K students in his reception room where he discussed the importance of investing early in Pennsylvania's youth. Gov. Wolf stated he has proposed a $75 million increase in pre-k and early childhood education as part of his 2017-2018 budget proposal.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Pittsburgh Mayor issues Executive Orders on affordable housing

Pittsburgh Mayor issues Executive Orders on affordable housing

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto issued two executive orders on Tuesday to begin implementing recommendations by the city’s Affordable Housing Task Force, covering ways to protect people from losing their housing. 

“My administration is committed to creating a livable city for all,” said Mayor Peduto in a letter along with the orders. “These executive orders are the first step in a long process to solve not only the challenges of today but to lay the foundations for an equitable Pittsburgh in the future.” 
Tuesday, February 14, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Department of Environmental Protection gives final approval to PA pipeline project

Department of Environmental Protection gives final approval to PA pipeline project

The Department of Environmental Protection announced Monday that it has awarded final approval to the PA Pipeline Project/Mariner East 2 pipeline that will deliver natural gas from Pennsylvania’s southwestern counties to a Sunoco refinery in Marcus Hook, Delaware County.

 

The entire pipeline is a $2.5 billion infrastructure project anticipated to support over 15,000 jobs annually over a two year-period and ultimately have $150 million annual economic impact on the Pennsylvania economy once completed.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
State lawmakers join in legal battle over Philadelphia soda tax

State lawmakers join in legal battle over Philadelphia soda tax

A bipartisan group of state lawmakers recently filed an amicus brief in Commonwealth Court arguing against the legality of Philadelphia soda tax.

 

The group of 36 members from the state House of Representatives and state Senate hailing from 28 counties, encompassing nearly every corner of Pennsylvania say they are directly impacted by the implementation of the tax "because the tax is not Constitutional, violates the law, and will result in lost sales tax revenue collection into the Commonwealth’s general fund, directly impacting the budget and jeopardizing the ability to pass a timely budget and the funding of important services."

Tuesday, February 14, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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