County Controller reports positive trends for Allegheny County in Annual Popular Financial Report

County Controller reports positive trends for Allegheny County in Annual Popular Financial Report

As a whole, County Controller Chelsa Wagner revealed that Allegheny County is on the right track financially in the annual Popular Financial Report released Thursday. 

In her assessment of the year 2018, Wagner reported the county’s finances were largely positive. This meant the unassigned fund balance grew, although not as quickly as it did earlier in the decade. Additionally, financial agencies recognized the country's growing stability through increased investment ratings. 
Friday, May 31, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: News and Views
Right 2 Know Episode 9: Sit down with Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill

Right 2 Know Episode 9: Sit down with Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill

Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York) joins the podcast this week to talk about regulatory reform, rural broadband and the record number of women serving in the General Assembly. She also shares the best spots to visit in York County and her secret interest in archaeology. Like what you hear? Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Spotify.
Friday, May 31, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Did You Get The Memo? Censuring Brian Sims, mail-in voting, and vehicle emissions reforms

Did You Get The Memo? Censuring Brian Sims, mail-in voting, and vehicle emissions reforms

Amid all the floor debates, press conferences and committee hearings, the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s newest co-sponsorship memos can get lost in the shuffle. That’s why The PLS Reporter rounds up some of the most noteworthy co-sponsorship memos each week — so you can stay informed of what’s going on in the Capitol.

 

In this week’s feature are memos for proposals that would censure Rep. Brian Sims (D-Philadelphia) for recent conduct, reform vehicle emissions testing in Pennsylvania and replace in-person voting with mail-in voting.

Friday, May 31, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
House Committee confronts pipeline problems in SEPA

House Committee confronts pipeline problems in SEPA

The House Veteran Affairs and Emergency Preparations Committee met Thursday to address concerns over growing problems surrounding the installation of new natural gas pipelines through southeastern PA.
 
Sunoco’s Mariner East pipeline has plagued residents since construction began in 2016. The new line’s location close to homes, schools, and other facilities has led to increased concerns over evacuation policy and even forced some to abandon their properties.
Friday, May 31, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
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5 bills to watch for the week of June 3

5 bills to watch for the week of June 3

We get it, session weeks are busy. That’s why we put together a list of the bills being discussed in committee and on the floor of the General Assembly that are worth devoting your precious time to tracking. From the governor's Farm Bill proposal to robocalls, here are five bills to watch for the week of June 3.

Friday, May 31, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
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