Pittsburgh Councilman calling on Wolf administration to help new homeowners pay off student debt

Pittsburgh Councilman calling on Wolf administration to help new homeowners pay off student debt

A Pittsburgh City Councilman is calling on the Wolf administration to help aid in a program that would help new homeowners pay off a portion of their student loan debt.


In a Will of Council passed by members Tuesday morning, Councilman Corey O’Connor (District 5) laid out a proposal calling on the state to develop and administer a program where the Commonwealth would repay a portion of an individual’s outstanding federal student loan debt when they finance a home through the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Controller says city finances are currently "on target"

Pittsburgh Controller says city finances are currently "on target"

If 2016 trends continue, Pittsburgh’s budget surplus at the end of 2017 could be close to $20 million, said City Controller Michael Lamb at his mid-year update on the city’s finances Monday.
The budget surplus for 2016 was more than $37 million thanks to tax revenue increases, particularly real estate and earned income taxes, said the Controller.
Monday, July 10, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Dermody appoints new member to Pittsburgh's ICA board

Dermody appoints new member to Pittsburgh's ICA board

After Dr. Esther Barazzone announced last month that she would be leaving the board of the Pittsburgh Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority, a new member was announced Monday to fill her position on the city financial oversight board.
The appointment of Dr. John M. Wilds, which became effective July 1, 2017, was made by House Minority Leader Frank Dermody (D-Cheswick). The ICA board is made up of one appointment each by the Governor, the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, Minority Leader of the Senate, Speaker of the House, and Minority Leader of the House.
Monday, July 10, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pa. Supreme Court rules so-called "spot assessments" unconstitutional

Pa. Supreme Court rules so-called "spot assessments" unconstitutional

In a majority decision, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued a ruling this week that could limit school districts' ability to “spot assess” certain properties in their counties.

In the case, Valley Forge Towers Apartments v. Upper Merion School, the owners of four apartment complexes argued that the Upper Merion School District contracted with a consulting firm to identify and recommend property assessments within Montgomery County to be appealed.
Friday, July 7, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: News and Views

Allegheny County state legislative delegation activity for June 26

The state General Assembly completed another busy session week.

Here's what the Pittsburgh and Allegheny County legislative delegation were up to. 

Monday, July 3, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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