Pittsburgh turns to unconventional ally in the fight against invasive vegetation in city parks

Pittsburgh turns to unconventional ally in the fight against invasive vegetation in city parks

In an effort to eradicate invasive plant species in the city’s parks, Pittsburgh City Council today authorized the use of an unusual landscaping crew to aid in the endeavor – a herd of goats.

City Council passed a resolution at this morning’s early Standing Committee meeting by a vote of 8-0 that authorized the use of a goat herds to help with landscaping difficulties in one of Pittsburgh’s parks.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
VIDEO: House Bill 18 to be considered by full House as soon as next week

VIDEO: House Bill 18 to be considered by full House as soon as next week

Rep. Ryan Mackenzie (R-Lehigh) introduced House Bill 18 which institutes a drug “formulary” for injured workers in the workers’ compensation system and could potentially help with the opioid crisis.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Kinship care issues analyzed by House Children and Youth Committee

Kinship care issues analyzed by House Children and Youth Committee

The Pennsylvania House committee on Children and Youth held a hearing Wednesday morning to address thoughts and hear from professionals on grandparents raising their grandchildren.

The testifiers ranged from state legislators to actual grandparents impacted by this evolving situation in the commonwealth. The focus of their testimony was on how the legislators can take action.

Children may fall into the custody of their grandparents from a variety of ways, but the committee aimed to analyze the legal, parental, and financial challenges the grandparents face when trying to take custody of their grandchild. 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017/Author: Kyle Maguire
Categories: News and Views
Commonwealth Court upholds Philadelphia's soda tax

Commonwealth Court upholds Philadelphia's soda tax

After hearing arguments on Philadelphia’s enacted soda tax in Pittsburgh in April, Commonwealth Court ruled Wednesday that the tax is constitutional and not violative of Pennsylvania law.  


The American Beverage Association, The Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association, along with several Philadelphia businesses and consumers filed suit against the tax, which imposes a 1.5 per ounce fee on the distribution of sweetened beverages, stating that it is in violation of the state constitution.  

Wednesday, June 14, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Philadelphia
GOP leadership holds high-level budget planning pow-wow

GOP leadership holds high-level budget planning pow-wow

In what is likely the beginning of an exhaustive series of high-level budget-related discussions among leadership between the House and Senate, Republican leaders gathered in the Senate Majority Leader’s office Wednesday morning to work on establishing a roadmap and timetable for wrapping up a budget for the coming fiscal year.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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