Votes and vitriol fill Philly City Council session

Votes and vitriol fill Philly City Council session

After a prolonged and contentious public comment session, Philadelphia’s City Council passed ten bills and resolutions in session Thursday. Issues ranged from increasing Keystone Opportunity Expansion Zones, tax codes, to resolutions taking stances on bills in Harrisburg.
Thursday, September 20, 2018/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: Philadelphia
Pittsburgh City Council approves centralized record-keeping system

Pittsburgh City Council approves centralized record-keeping system

In Pittsburgh for a number of years the Office of the City Clerk has been responsible for keeping track of records related to city council matters and legislation. All other city departments have been responsible for their own records, without uniform standards or resources. According to city officials this has led to less than stellar record keeping. Two bills, 539 and 540, which received their final vote Tuesday, seek to change that.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh council passes entrepreneur loan program, rejects tax code contract

Pittsburgh council passes entrepreneur loan program, rejects tax code contract

Pittsburgh City Council finished off some business Tuesday, passing a bill originally introduced by Councilman Corey O’Connor (District 5) to provide seed funding to entrepreneurs as well as rejecting a bill to hire an outside law firm to look over the city’s tax code. 
Tuesday, February 20, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
Allegheny County Democrats pick up a County Council district, but Republicans secure state Supreme Court seat in 2017 election

Allegheny County Democrats pick up a County Council district, but Republicans secure state Supreme Court seat in 2017 election

In an off year election that turned out just under one in four Allegheny County voters Tuesday night, a liberal Democrat picked up a suburban Republican seat on the county council while another Republican council member won re-election on a knife edge margin. 

However, in a statewide race, Republicans secured a temporarily appointed seat on the state Supreme Court for the next ten years.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh

ICA makes contingency plans for Pittsburgh budget in light of recent PA Supreme Court casino ruling

During the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority’s (ICA) 3rd Quarter board meeting held Wednesday afternoon, the Authority passed Pittsburgh’s proposed $539 million operating budget continent upon the city verifying within 120 days that it would receive the $10 million it’s owed from Rivers Casino.

Due to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s ruling last week that the local share assessment of casinos in the state gaming law is unconstitutional, Pittsburgh has been trying to ensure that the money stays in the city’s budget.

“We’ve received word already from the Gaming Revenue office and the Secretary of the Budget that they don’t think there is going to be any distribution of any gaming revenue now until the legislature readdresses the legislation that was declared unconstitutional by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court,” said Renny Clark, the ICA’s interim executive director.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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