During 2018 budget address, Mayor Peduto asks state to remove Pittsburgh from Act 47 recovery status

During 2018 budget address, Mayor Peduto asks state to remove Pittsburgh from Act 47 recovery status

As part of his 2018 budget address Monday morning, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto said he is sending a letter to the Commonwealth seeking the removal of the city from Act 47 financially distressed status and ICA oversight, of which it’s been under since 2004.

In his message to Gov. Tom Wolf and the Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin, Peduto laid out his plans to cement the fiscal reforms learned through the Act 47 process to protect the city from entering the distressed status again.
Monday, November 13, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
As leaving Act 47 becomes more of a reality for Pittsburgh, lawmakers agree ICA is no longer needed

As leaving Act 47 becomes more of a reality for Pittsburgh, lawmakers agree ICA is no longer needed

With talks of Pittsburgh leaving Act 47 status by the beginning of 2018 and with a zeroing out of the city’s financial oversight authority’s line item in this year’s state budget, lawmakers and Pittsburgh officials are agreeing that there is no longer a need for the Pittsburgh Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority to continue past the end of the year.

“The ICA did its job in helping Pittsburgh get its finances in order and making sure its budget priorities are in the right place,” said House Republican caucus spokesman Steve Miskin. “Now things are happening with a continued positive trend and there’s a feeling that the ICA has run its course and no more funding needs to be expended.”
Tuesday, November 7, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Pittsburgh poised to leave Act 47 status by 2018 while city's financial overseer struggles to pay the bills

Pittsburgh poised to leave Act 47 status by 2018 while city's financial overseer struggles to pay the bills

The Act 47 coordinators of the city of Pittsburgh have concluded that it is time for the city to get out of the “financially distressed” status that it has held since 2003, and could do so by the beginning of the year.

Joel Lennen of the law firm Eckert Seamans, whom make up the team of the city’s Act 47 coordinators,
Thursday, September 28, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Commonwealth Court sides with Pittsburgh over police salary battle

Commonwealth Court sides with Pittsburgh over police salary battle

The Commonwealth Court ruled this week that the Pittsburgh police union union's judicial request for an officer wage increase should be started at the Court of Common Pleas, instead of at the appellate level.  


The seven judge panel heard the case in Pittsburgh in early April after talks between the city and the Fraternal Order of Police Fort Pitt Lodge No. 1 to negotiate a contract for officers broke down, sending the dispute into binding arbitration. 


Tuesday, July 18, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh FOP takes salary battle with city to Commonwealth Court

Pittsburgh FOP takes salary battle with city to Commonwealth Court

Commonwealth Court heard arguments over Pittsburgh police contracts on Wednesday, and what the police union calls “arbitrary and capricious” raises offered by the city.  

According to the Fraternal Order of Police Fort Pitt Lodge No. 1, union members received minimal wage increases over the term of a four-year contract beginning in 2014 that was part of an arbitration award. 

Thursday, April 6, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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