S&P downgrades PA credit outlook as revenue deal continues to evade legislative leaders

S&P downgrades PA credit outlook as revenue deal continues to evade legislative leaders

Much like the death of Mark Twain, it appears rumors of legislative leaders being close to a deal on a revenue package to close out FY 2016-2017 and balance FY 2017-2018 are greatly exaggerated.

 

After another quiet day in the Capitol Thursday that saw some rank-and-file members begin to return to the Capitol in advance of Friday’s planned House session day, it appears as though lawmakers are still nowhere near a global agreement that will bring about $2.2 billion to balance the Commonwealth’s books.

Thursday, July 6, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Pittsburgh City Council moves to support statewide minimum wage hike

Pittsburgh City Council moves to support statewide minimum wage hike

While Harrisburg is still engaged in a state budget debate, Pittsburgh City Council has moved ahead with support of a measure introduced to raise Pennsylvania’s statewide minimum wage.

Councilman Dan Gilman (District 8) today introduced a Will of Council to support Pennsylvania House Bill 1520, introduced by Rep. Patty Kim (D-Dauphin), aimed at incrementally increasing the state’s minimum wage until it reaches $15.00 an hour in 2024.

Thursday, July 6, 2017/Author: Iain Oldman
Categories: Pittsburgh
Allegheny County Council approves lead blood test mandate for children

Allegheny County Council approves lead blood test mandate for children

Allegheny County Council approved a resolution mandating blood lead level testing for children at approximately the ages of nine to 12 months old, with additional testing required again at 24 months of age. The resolution passed the council by a 15 to 2 vote, with Councilman Edward Kress (District 3) and Councilwoman Sue Means (District 5) voting against the measure.

The new ordinance would require children to have their blood lead level tests completed before enrolling in kindergarten at county schools. Schools would additionally be required to inform parents of the testing requirement prior to their children’s admission into the school.

Thursday, July 6, 2017/Author: Iain Oldman
Categories: Pittsburgh
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