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Future plans for Pittsburgh transit define 35th House District special election race

Future plans for Pittsburgh transit define 35th House District special election race

While many American political races often become referendums on issues like abortion or gun control, the campaign to fill former Representative Marc Gergely’s seat is divisive because of a different issue: bus routes.

Austin Davis, a Democrat, and Fawn Walker-Montgomery, a Republican, are facing off in the January 23 special election to replace Gergely, a Democrat, after he resigned last fall over criminal charges related to an illegal gambling ring.

Friday, January 19, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
State unemployment rate ticks up to 4.7 percent

State unemployment rate ticks up to 4.7 percent

Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate for the month of December ticked up one-tenth of a percentage point in December, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry announced Friday.

Friday, January 19, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Recent wave of legislative retirements shakes up House GOP seniority

Recent wave of legislative retirements shakes up House GOP seniority

It’s that time in the two-year legislative session when state lawmakers are making up their minds about whether they will seek another term in the General Assembly and a recent wave of recently-announced upcoming retirements is going to change the makeup of the House Republican caucus’s seniority list.

Thursday, January 18, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Philly, Pittsburgh both named finalists for new Amazon HQ

Philly, Pittsburgh both named finalists for new Amazon HQ

Pennsylvania's two biggest cities are both finalists for Amazon’s HQ2 that sent elected officials across the country running to their planners to craft their golden ticket for $5 billion in investment and 50,000 new jobs.

Both Philadelphia and Pittsburgh were listed as one of the 20 finalists Amazon announced with a page on their website posted Thursday morning. In total, 238 cities and regions applied for the second headquarters after Amazon announced its plans in the fall 2017.

Thursday, January 18, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Tax reform efforts continue in state House

Tax reform efforts continue in state House

As tax reform efforts remain ongoing in both caucuses of the state House of Representatives, the House Republican Caucus this week continued its push on a top 2018 legislative agenda item: a state tax overhaul and modernization effort.

Thursday, January 18, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
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