Allegheny County Delegation votes for the week of February 6

Allegheny County Delegation votes for the week of February 6

The Pennsylvania Senate passed a number of controversial legislation this week, including measures punishing so-called “sanctuary cities,” prohibiting the deduction of union dues to be used for political purposes, and restricting abortions.

The Allegheny County state legislative delegation voting largely along party lines when the bills were considered on the Floor.
Thursday, February 9, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh

Allegheny County delegation discusses top priorities for upcoming legislative session

As the 2015-16 legislative session comes to a close, members of Allegheny County's state legislative delegation are looking ahead to next session and their top legislative priorities for the region.

At the top of that list is resolving the local share tax portion of state gaming legislation that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court dubbed unconstitutional in September. Without this portion of the law, Pittsburgh and the county would stand to lose an annual $10 million contribution from its casino. 
Monday, November 21, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Municipal pension reform likely on hold until next session

Municipal pension reform likely on hold until next session

Despite getting a legislative vehicle well along in the process, it looks like municipal pension will not have the support it needs in its current form to get across the finish line this fall, putting the reform effort off until the next legislative session in January.


The current vehicle legislation—House Bill 414—currently sits in the Senate Finance Committee where stakeholders have been trying to work with members from both sides of the aisle to get a compromise reform measure through the General Assembly since last November when the committee amended a comprehensive municipal reform measure into the bill.

Thursday, September 15, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Tax credits for affordable housing, waterfront developments coming to Pittsburgh

With the passage of a new revenue plan for FY 2016-2017, a number of tax credits have been awarded for housing and waterfront developments across the Pittsburgh region and the state. 

Sen. Randy Vulakovich (R-Allegheny/Shaler) announced a waterfront tax credit based off of his SB 282, which encourages private investment in properties that create public access to waterfronts through a tax credit, was included as part of the revenue package signed into law Wednesday evening. 

“The Waterfront Development Tax Credit will be a tremendous help in the future development of waterfronts across the Commonwealth,” said the senator. “The City of Pittsburgh has been revitalizing our waterfront where it has become the envy of other cities with riverfronts.” 
Friday, July 15, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh

Governor nominates new Adjutant General

Gov. Tom Wolf announced Thursday he is nominating the current acting-Pennsylvania Adjutant General, Brig. Gen. Tony Carrelli, to take on the role in a permanent capacity.

The Adjutant General is the head of the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

Gen. Carrelli has worked in the acting capacity since January when then-Adjutant General James Joseph took a leave of absence and then later resigned.

Friday, June 10, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views