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
Working group recommends Allegheny County create children’s fund; Fitzgerald gives his backing

Working group recommends Allegheny County create children’s fund; Fitzgerald gives his backing

In 2018 Allegheny County voters were given a choice to fund an $18 million children’s fund for the price of a property tax raise. Voters ultimately rejected the measure, but the effort did not go quietly into the night. 

After the defeat at the ballot, County Executive Rich Fitzgerald announced a 26-member working announced that a 26-member working group had been assembled to examine the feasibility of a children’s fund. Despite opposing the property tax that would have funded the Our Kids, Our Future initiative, Fitzgerald believed the program was necessary for the county. 

Thursday, October 24, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: News and Views
County Executive Rich Fitzgerald proposes 2020 budget to Allegheny County Council

County Executive Rich Fitzgerald proposes 2020 budget to Allegheny County Council

County Executive Rich Fitzgerald proposed his eighth budget and 2020 Comprehensive Plan Fiscal Plan to Allegheny County Council in their Tuesday meeting.

Fitzgerald presented a $959.8 million budget; a $27 million increase from the previous year. According to Fitzgerald the current budget is the 18th time in 19 years that the annual capital and operating budget balanced without any increase in the property tax millage rate.
Wednesday, October 9, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
County Controller reports positive trends for Allegheny County in Annual Popular Financial Report

County Controller reports positive trends for Allegheny County in Annual Popular Financial Report

As a whole, County Controller Chelsa Wagner revealed that Allegheny County is on the right track financially in the annual Popular Financial Report released Thursday. 

In her assessment of the year 2018, Wagner reported the county’s finances were largely positive. This meant the unassigned fund balance grew, although not as quickly as it did earlier in the decade. Additionally, financial agencies recognized the country's growing stability through increased investment ratings. 
Friday, May 31, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: News and Views
Election Day Results: Live updates on special elections and city primaries in Pennsylvania

Election Day Results: Live updates on special elections and city primaries in Pennsylvania

Today voters are heading to the polls for the May primary election, an election that will also determine three new lawmakers in the Pennsylvania House and Senate. The PLS Reporter will continually update this live blog with new information on the major state and municipal races of the day. 
Tuesday, May 21, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views
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