In light of epidemic, Allegheny County exploring lawsuit against opioid producers

In light of epidemic, Allegheny County exploring lawsuit against opioid producers

Allegheny County is putting out a request for qualifications this Friday to explore filing a lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies that misled consumers about the addictive qualities of opioids.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh City Council members seek funding alternatives to reality transfer tax for housing, early childhood funding

Pittsburgh City Council members seek funding alternatives to reality transfer tax for housing, early childhood funding

A coalition of Pittsburgh City Council members may have found a way to partially fill its Affordable Housing Opportunity Trust Fund, provide funding for early childhood education in the city, and offset a proposed hike in the real estate transfer tax with a package of budget amendments.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh city controller's audit finds two years of missing records on city repairs

Pittsburgh city controller's audit finds two years of missing records on city repairs

A new audit from Pittsburgh City Controller Michael Lamb found two years worth of missing costs from the department in charge of repairing city buildings. 

The missing information, which covers 2014 and 2015 in the Department of Public Work’s facilities division, along with the department’s habit of purchasing materials like lumber or roofing supplies in bulk, created an environment that could encourage theft, according to Lamb. However, the audit found no evidence that any had taken place.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh City Council proposes bills to help city homeowners, new and old

Pittsburgh City Council proposes bills to help city homeowners, new and old

Pittsburgh City Council is considering legislation that could make first-time homebuying in the city a little easier and help alleviate some longtime homeowners from the perils of gentrification and property maintenance.

Councilman Dan Gilman (District 8), along with Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith (District 2), introduced three separate bills Tuesday that fall in line with measures laid out under the Affordable Housing Trust Fund passed a year ago, but would provide a better operational framework.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh legislation offers free child care for city employees

Pittsburgh legislation offers free child care for city employees

In an effort to make childcare more accessible, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and City Councilman Dan Gilman have sponsored legislation that would provide free child care to city employees on days that Pittsburgh Public Schools are closed but city offices remain open.  


“Data shows that family-friendly workplace policies reduce costly turnover and boost productivity,” said Gilman, who plans to introduce the legislation at Tuesday’s regular City Council meeting. “By offering at-work child care to our employees, the City is investing in its employees and ensuring that we continue to provide a high level of service to the residents of Pittsburgh.”  

Monday, December 4, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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