State Supreme Court to review Pittsburgh's paid sick leave, safety training ordinances

State Supreme Court to review Pittsburgh's paid sick leave, safety training ordinances

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued an order Wednesday stating it will review two ordinances passed by Pittsburgh City Council that were struck down by lower courts.  


One of the ordinances, passed by council and signed by Mayor Peduto in 2015, requires businesses with 15 or more employees to accrue one hour of paid sick leave for every 35 hours worked to a maximum of 40 hours.  

Thursday, November 30, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Department of Corrections continues holistic approach to opioid addiction

Department of Corrections continues holistic approach to opioid addiction

Among the many issues confronting the state Department of Corrections is what to do with the ongoing issue of Pennsylvania’s opioid addiction crisis and how affected inmates should be treated for their addiction-related issues.

 

According to Department of Correction Sec. John Wetzel, the department is taking a holistic approach to treating inmates that come into the state prison system with opioid-dependency issues by providing treatment so as to reduce addiction, but also reduce recidivism.

Thursday, November 30, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Pittsburgh launches program to build trust between immigrants and first responders

Pittsburgh launches program to build trust between immigrants and first responders

Earlier this year, Pittsburgh Assistant Public Safety Director Shatara Murphy recalled talking to two children of immigrants that reminded her why so many newcomers to the city might hesitate to dial 911.

At a community meeting, one child asked Murphy if she could stop police from mistreating her mom because of her poor English. The other asked how many people could fit in a fire truck — worrying that it would come and take her and her family away from their homes.

“We understand there is an inherent mistrust of public safety officials in the immigrant community, and it is purely from a lack of understanding,” Murphy said.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
As House Democrats unveil “Plan for PA,” Republicans counter with budget and regulatory reform agenda

As House Democrats unveil “Plan for PA,” Republicans counter with budget and regulatory reform agenda

The House Democratic Caucus this week unveiled what they are calling a “Plan for PA,” a legislative agenda they hope will get action in the coming months as legislators work on action in the interstitial period between the FY 2017-2018 budget and the FY 2018-2019 budget.

 

According to the caucus, the thrust of the four-pronged plan is a focus on solutions for working, middle-class Pennsylvanians that creates jobs, makes taxes fairer, and ensures a quality public education.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Lawmakers to introduce zero-based budgeting legislation

Lawmakers to introduce zero-based budgeting legislation

Six “reform-minded” Republican state senators earlier this week declared their intent to introduce legislation that would require state agencies to engage in zero-based budgeting, essentially requiring them to build their budgets from zero dollars as a means to justify expenses.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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