Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority and the City of Pittsburgh to enter into new cooperation agreement

Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority and the City of Pittsburgh to enter into new cooperation agreement

The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority announced it will enter into a new cooperation agreement with the City of Pittsburgh when its current one expires in July. That is, if Pittsburgh City Council signs off. 

Much to the relief of many concerned Pittsburgh residents who expressed their distaste for the possibility of privatization at protests and public hearings, the new agreement holds language mandating that the water authority remains public-owned. According to the announcement’s press release many aspects of the agreement reflect recommendations from the mayor’s Blue Ribbon Panel and requirements handed down from the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. 
Friday, June 7, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: News and Views
Did You Get The Memo? Poverty, broadband and a cap-and-trade study

Did You Get The Memo? Poverty, broadband and a cap-and-trade study

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 address poverty across Pennsylvania, deploy small antennas for wireless broadband internet access and study the impacts a cap-and-trade program could have on Pennsylvania.

Friday, June 7, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
In light of new report, Senate Dems call on Leach to resign

In light of new report, Senate Dems call on Leach to resign

Following an independent investigation into sexual misconduct claims against Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery), the Pennsylvania Senate’s leading Democrat is calling on Leach to resign.

 

Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) released a statement Thursday demanding that Leach resign due to a “lengthy pattern of troubling behavior” that created an “unprofessional and sexualized environment.”

Friday, June 7, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
5 bills to watch for the week of June 10

5 bills to watch for the week of June 10

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 electric vehicles to agency mergers, here are five bills to watch for the week of June 10.
Friday, June 7, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Wine wholesaling bill in 'holding pattern' amid Dem concerns it would lead to LCB layoffs

Wine wholesaling bill in 'holding pattern' amid Dem concerns it would lead to LCB layoffs

Lawmakers are considering a push to allow retailers the option of purchasing wine from private wholesalers, even as the bill’s author acknowledges it is still several votes shy of being able to clear the state House amid concerns it could result in layoffs at state-run liquor stores.

Proponents of HB 1346, authored by Rep. Kurt Masser (R-Northumberland), argue it would give grocery stores and big box stores more flexibility and the ability to offer lower prices. Currently, those retailers must purchase their product from wholesalers operated by the state Liquor Control Board.
Friday, June 7, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
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