During 2018 budget address, Mayor Peduto asks state to remove Pittsburgh from Act 47 recovery status

During 2018 budget address, Mayor Peduto asks state to remove Pittsburgh from Act 47 recovery status

As part of his 2018 budget address Monday morning, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto said he is sending a letter to the Commonwealth seeking the removal of the city from Act 47 financially distressed status and ICA oversight, of which it’s been under since 2004.

In his message to Gov. Tom Wolf and the Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin, Peduto laid out his plans to cement the fiscal reforms learned through the Act 47 process to protect the city from entering the distressed status again.
Monday, November 13, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
PWSA customers to see rate increases over the next three years

PWSA customers to see rate increases over the next three years

In a special meeting Wednesday morning, the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority board voted to approve an Organizational and Compliance Plan, along with their 2018 capital and operating budgets which will include a 28 percent rate increase for its customers.

For the average residential water customer, that’s a $15 per month increase.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
As leaving Act 47 becomes more of a reality for Pittsburgh, lawmakers agree ICA is no longer needed

As leaving Act 47 becomes more of a reality for Pittsburgh, lawmakers agree ICA is no longer needed

With talks of Pittsburgh leaving Act 47 status by the beginning of 2018 and with a zeroing out of the city’s financial oversight authority’s line item in this year’s state budget, lawmakers and Pittsburgh officials are agreeing that there is no longer a need for the Pittsburgh Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority to continue past the end of the year.

“The ICA did its job in helping Pittsburgh get its finances in order and making sure its budget priorities are in the right place,” said House Republican caucus spokesman Steve Miskin. “Now things are happening with a continued positive trend and there’s a feeling that the ICA has run its course and no more funding needs to be expended.”
Tuesday, November 7, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Pittsburgh officials remind Pennsylvanians open enrollment for ACA coverage begins this week

Pittsburgh officials remind Pennsylvanians open enrollment for ACA coverage begins this week

Rep. Dan Frankel (D-Squirrel Hill) and health advocates held a press conference in Pittsburgh Monday to let Pennsylvanians know that the Affordable Care Act is still “the law of the land.”

Due to cutbacks in advertising of the ACA, also known as Obamacare, and with “all the noise” coming from the nation’s capital about repealing and replacing the universal healthcare system, Rep. Frankel wanted to remind his constituents that the ACA is still alive and well and open enrollment for coverage begins this Wednesday, November 1 and runs through Friday, December 15.
Monday, October 30, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Pittsburgh lawmakers discuss putting an end to driver's license suspensions

Pittsburgh lawmakers discuss putting an end to driver's license suspensions

The state House Judiciary and Transportation committees held a joint hearing in Pittsburgh Friday morning on various pieces of legislation by area lawmakers that would put an end to driver's license suspensions for individuals with non-driving convictions.

House Bill 42, sponsored by Rep. Rick Saccone (Jefferson Hills), was the main topic of consideration, as it would remove a license suspension for convictions such as theft, purchase of tobacco or alcohol by a minor, or carrying a false identification card. 

Sunday, October 29, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
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