Pittsburgh City Council mulls over public safety funding

Pittsburgh City Council mulls over public safety funding

In the City of Pittsburgh, the Department of Public Safety exists to provide safety and security for residents in the city through the work of the Bureaus of Police, Fire, Emergency Medical Services, and Animal Care and Control. As Pittsburgh City Council mulls over the proposed 2020 budget, they held a hearing Thursday to discuss the funds allocated for public safety.

Of the total proposed budget, 40 percent - $242 million - is put towards public safety. The money will be divided with $115 million for police, $87 million to fire, and paramedics with $24 million increasing from the 2019 budget.

Friday, November 22, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Wolf says cracker plant could help push Pennsylvania toward a renewable future

Wolf says cracker plant could help push Pennsylvania toward a renewable future

Pennsylvania’s Democratic governor on Tuesday said that an ethane cracker plant in southwestern Pennsylvania could play a role in transitioning the state toward an energy efficient future.

 

Speaking to KDKA Radio, Gov. Tom Wolf said that the Shell petrochemical complex in Beaver County will prove critical to producing materials needed to push Pennsylvania toward sustainable energy, including components for solar panels and electric vehicles. 

Tuesday, November 12, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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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
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
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President Trump promises the future is in natural gas at Shale convention in Pittsburgh

President Trump promises the future is in natural gas at Shale convention in Pittsburgh

Amid protesters and banners to ‘Keep America Great’ President Donald Trump came to Pittsburgh to speak at the Shale Insight Conference on Wednesday afternoon at the David Lawrence Convention center. 

In a speech that pleased his supporters and horrified environmentalists Trump doubled down on his support of hydraulic fracturing, praised Pennsylvania’s potential for natural gas, and promised that the future of jobs in the commonwealth will come through investment in the natural gas industry. 
Thursday, October 24, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
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