State and local officials discuss affordable housing troubles in Pittsburgh

State and local officials discuss affordable housing troubles in Pittsburgh

State representatives and local officials gathered in Pittsburgh Wednesday to discuss affordable housing and rebuilding neighborhoods across the city.

Rep. Dom Costa (D-Morningside) hosted a Democratic Policy Committee meeting in Lawrenceville, one of Pittsburgh’s most rapidly growing and changing city neighborhoods, to determine what state legislators can do to aid local efforts on the topic.

Thursday, October 12, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh region officials announce $7.8 million in grants for transportation improvement projects

Pittsburgh region officials announce $7.8 million in grants for transportation improvement projects

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and County Executive Rich Fitzgerald joined members of the Allegheny County delegation in the state House and Senate to announce $7,778,309 in funding for various improvement projects around the region. 


“We are very grateful to have such strong partnerships with the members of the State Senate and House who represent Allegheny County in Harrisburg, as well as Governor Wolf,” said Fitzgerald. “It is through those partnerships, and all of us working together for the greater good, that we are able to see success such as these.”

Thursday, December 8, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
House Liquor Chairman: “We don’t have a clear path forward right now” on Senate wine privatization bill

House Liquor Chairman: “We don’t have a clear path forward right now” on Senate wine privatization bill

Despite being tasked with developing potential changes to a so-called wine privatization bill that passed through the Senate, House Liquor Control Committee Majority Chairman Chris Ross (R-Chester) told reporters Tuesday that the House does not have "a clear path forward" on how to deal with the legislation.

“I’m not aware of any plans at this point as to how we’re going to handle that,” he said. “I know we’ve been talking internally amongst ourselves about it, but to the best of my knowledge at this point, there’s no plan on that.”

As to how changes might be developing, Rep. Ross said “we don’t have a clear path forward right now.”

He said he cannot speak for any member about what they might put into an amendment to the legislation or how changes might develop if or when the legislation is brought to the House floor, however, he noted that could change.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Liquor privatization components take shape

Liquor privatization components take shape

The liquor privatization component of the budget framework began to firm up Monday as a legislative vehicle was moved from committee and negotiators continued working to pin down the specifics of what will be the final agreement.

Taking a largely procedural step, the House Liquor Control Committee voted to approve House Bill 1690 along a 14-9 party-line vote, putting the bill in place to be used as a vehicle for final liquor privatization language.

The bill was described as being nearly identical to House Bill 466, which was vetoed by the governor earlier this year.

Both bills are sponsored by House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny).

Monday, November 16, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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