Rep. Petri resigns House seat, to take over as Philadelphia Parking Authority executive director

Rep. Scott Petri (R-Bucks) announced Friday that he plans to resign at the end of the year in order to take over as executive director of the Philadelphia Parking Authority.

Saturday, December 16, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Alina’s Law bill could portend a set of domestic violence related votes in Senate during 2018

Alina’s Law bill could portend a set of domestic violence related votes in Senate during 2018

In light of the alleged murder of a University of Pittsburgh student in October, the Pennsylvania Senate passed SB 196, titled “Alina’s Law”, to increase the options for judges when issuing protection from abuse orders, while continuing to look at more bills to address domestic violence.

SB 196 would allow judges to put electronic tracking devices on the defendants in PFA cases, typical filed by women seeking protection from a violent domestic partner, if the judge feels tracking might be necessary.

Friday, December 15, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
PWSA approves $44 million in pipe replacements to meet consent decree, looks back on hectic year

PWSA approves $44 million in pipe replacements to meet consent decree, looks back on hectic year

After a year of responding to boil advisories, bursting pipes and high lead levels, with infrastructure spending, raised rates, and state oversight, Tassi Bisers, of the Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network, wants the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority to leave 2017 proud of their work.

“I want you to start tooting your own horn about your own courage,” Bisers said to the chuckling PWSA board at their final meeting of the year Friday morning.

The meeting capped a busy year for the authority as it addressed numerous systemic issues, most branching from a lack of past capital investment. The authority also created programs to stop water shutoffs for low income customers and a payment assistance program for those struggling to pay their water bill.

Friday, December 15, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh

Tweets of the Week - December 11, 2017

Check out the week as described in Tweets from Pennsylvania's top influencers and newsmakers.

Friday, December 15, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Mid-year budget briefing: Wolf administration projects year-end surplus

Mid-year budget briefing: Wolf administration projects year-end surplus

Wolf administration Budget Sec. Randy Albright delivered the mid-year budget briefing Thursday, where he projected a year-end surplus potentially as high as $31.2 million on top of a $10 million transfer to the Commonwealth’s Rainy Day Fund.

Thursday, December 14, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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