House Dem. Policy Committee debates municipal state police fee in Pittsburgh

House Dem. Policy Committee debates municipal state police fee in Pittsburgh

The House Democratic Policy Committee met in Pittsburgh Monday afternoon to examine a proposal that would charge a state police fee for municipalities without a local police force. 

The hearing focused on a recent Legislative Budget and Finance Committee review of the Motor License Fund and its support of the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP). Per the state constitution, a provision states that funding provided to the PSP from the Motor License Fund must relate to highway safety. 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
PlanCon Advisory Committee hears program recommendations from Western PA schools

PlanCon Advisory Committee hears program recommendations from Western PA schools

State legislators and school officials met at O’Block Jr. High School in the Plum Borough School District Friday to continue a series of eight statewide hearings on PlanCon- a program which aims to reimburse school districts for construction costs. 

The Pennsylvania Public School Building Construction and Reconstruction (PlanCon) Advisory Committee, consisting of both House and Senate Appropriation Chairs, Education Secretary Pedro Rivera, and other education stakeholders, are tasked with issuing recommendations for changes to the program by mid-May. 

Monday, March 27, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh and state officials discuss possible implications of proposed Affordable Care Act repeal

Pittsburgh and state officials discuss possible implications of proposed Affordable Care Act repeal

As U.S. House members debate a vote to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act in Washington, Pennsylvania officials met in Pittsburgh Thursday to discuss the impact the move would have for state residents.

During a press conference at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller said that because of the ACA, 6.1 million Pennsylvanians benefit from access to free preventive care services, 5.4 million can’t be denied health insurance coverage because of a pre-existing condition, and 4.5 million are no longer subject to annual and lifetime limits that used to be placed on covered benefits. 

Thursday, March 23, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh paid sick leave ordinance faces significant roadblocks

Pittsburgh paid sick leave ordinance faces significant roadblocks

A proposed state law to end paid sick leave policies in cities like Pittsburgh isn’t the only barrier the city faces in enacting an already passed paid sick leave ordinance. 

The ordinance, passed by Pittsburgh City Council in August 2015, would require 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. Employers with fewer than 15 employees would have to provide upward of 24 hours annually under the measure. 

Thursday, March 23, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Mayor declares day of solidarity with immigrant residents

Pittsburgh Mayor declares day of solidarity with immigrant residents

Mayor Bill Peduto wants immigrants and refugees to know that Pittsburgh is a welcoming city for all. 

Peduto joined the U.S. Conference of Mayors, declaring Tuesday the Cities’ Immigration Day of Action- a declaration of solidarity with immigrant families around the city and nation. 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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