With no tax increases, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto unveils 2020 budget proposal

With no tax increases, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto unveils 2020 budget proposal

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto proposed his 2020 budget plan to city council during their Tuesday morning meeting. In a presentation that boasted progress from 2019, Peduto promised no tax increases and a plan that ensured the city’s continued growth in the year to come. 

The 2020 operating budget consists of a  $608 million operating budget and an $108 million capital budget. 
Tuesday, November 12, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Environmental advocates call for harsher emissions restrictions in Allegheny County

Environmental advocates call for harsher emissions restrictions in Allegheny County

Environmental advocacy organizations gathered in front of the city-county building Wednesday, to urge the Allegheny County Health Department to place stricter regulations on the local Clairton Coke Works site. 

In addition to its sports teams, one of many things Pittsburgh and its surrounding area have become well-known for is lackluster air quality. At the press conference residents complained that in addition to their health concerns the air around them held a “putrid” odor they attribute to emissions of hydrogen sulfide.

Thursday, November 7, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: News and Views
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and business leaders clash over petrochemical companies

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and business leaders clash over petrochemical companies

On Wednesday at a Climate Action summit, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto announced his opposition to bringing additional petrochemical companies to Western Pennsylvania.

In his remarks Peduto stated that his objections stem from concern over the impact of fossil fuels on climate change, the economy, and public health.
Thursday, October 31, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: News and Views
Pittsburghers debate reparations in local town hall meeting

Pittsburghers debate reparations in local town hall meeting

In the historic Hill District neighborhood, the People’s Campaign for Reparations and Black Self-Determination held a town hall to discuss racism, share their own stories, and explore what reparations would look like in the city of Pittsburgh.

When the matter was brought before Pittsburgh City Council, Khalil Raheem, founder of the New African Independence Party defined reparations as a way of using methods ranging from a formal apology to policy changes to address the impact the legacy of systemic racism has had on the black population.
Wednesday, October 30, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Pittsburghers disappointed with lack of gun control progress in year since the Tree of Life massacre

Pittsburghers disappointed with lack of gun control progress in year since the Tree of Life massacre

One year ago Sunday in the usually quiet neighborhood of Squirrel Hill, the Tree of Life massacre took place, as 11 people were murdered in a synagogue. In the year that’s followed, gun control advocates and members of the Jewish community in Pittsburgh said they’re disappointed with the lack of legislative action on gun control this week. 

“I am angry that my synagogue was attacked by a man with assault style weapons who murdered 11 of my fellow congregants and that in the bloody year since our tragedy there has been gun massacre after gun massacre,” Dana Kellerman, a member of Squirrel Hill Stands Against Gun Violence, told attendees. 
Friday, October 25, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
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