Allegheny County receives $3.4 million grant to protect against hazards of lead-based paint and other health, safety hazards

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald announced today that Allegheny County Economic Development has received a $3.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The funding is intended to reduce the number of lead-poisoned children and protect families by targeting significant lead and other home health and safety hazards. 

“We want our residents to live in, and be able to purchase, safe, healthy and affordable housing,” said Fitzgerald. “We thank the Department of Housing & Urban Development for their support of this program, and the many partners who will work along with Economic Development and the Health Department to make it a success.” 

Monday, June 13, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Rep. Frankel, Physician General Levine make push in Pittsburgh for transgender rights

Rep. Frankel, Physician General Levine make push in Pittsburgh for transgender rights

Rep. Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny/Squirrel Hill) and Pennsylvania Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine were part of a panel that gathered at the Omni William Penn Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh last Thursday evening to discuss and tackle transgender issues. 

 

During the event hosted by the Allegheny County Bar Association, Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine, a transgender woman, spoke on a number of issues including the many obstacles that transgender people face when it comes to workplace discrimination, social discrimination, and receiving proper healthcare. 

Sunday, June 12, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
McKeesport must rebound from costly pension mistake says Auditor General DePasquale

McKeesport must rebound from costly pension mistake says Auditor General DePasquale

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale announced Thursday that the City of McKeesport, Allegheny County, erred when it failed to use $729,275 in state pension aid and missed its $2.3 million pension payment in 2015. 

McKeesport officials say they plan to remedy the shortfall with “the sale of an asset in the near future.” Officials also said the state aid was mistakenly placed into McKeesport’s general fund and inadvertently spent before it could be transferred to the employee pension funds. 
Thursday, June 9, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Legislators seek to increase film tax credit availability

Legislators seek to increase film tax credit availability

Over the past few years, the Pennsylvania Film Tax Credit program has been responsible for bringing in film and TV projects to Pennsylvania and Pittsburgh, in particular.

The Pittsburgh area has been a particular beneficiary of the film industry and its development due to existence and use of the film tax credit.

Productions such as Jack Reacher, Batman: The Dark Knight Rises, Concussion, Foxcatcher and even Dance Moms were all made in Pennsylvania and benefited from the tax credit program.

But with the tax credit capped at $60 million per year, some lawmakers say that isn’t enough to bring filmmakers to the state and to keep them here. 

Thursday, May 19, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
General Assembly taking steps to help reform Pittsburgh ICA

General Assembly taking steps to help reform Pittsburgh ICA

The Senate Community, Economic & Recreational Development Committee met Wednesday to consider legislation that would reform an embattled budget oversight agency in Pittsburgh.

The Pittsburgh Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority (ICA) is a special administrative body created by the state legislature in 2004 to oversee the finances of the City of Pittsburgh as it was facing financial hardship.

SB 1221, sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) calls on the body to adopt a records-retention policy, file monthly financial statements, maintain a website and establish a formal process to determine how state gaming monies can be used in the City’s “best interest.” 

Thursday, May 19, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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