Gender Equality Commission finds Pittsburgh’s not as livable for Black Residents

Gender Equality Commission finds Pittsburgh’s not as livable for Black Residents

For years the city of Pittsburgh has boasted being the country’s most livable city. According to a report released by the city’s Gender Equity Commission Tuesday, that’s not true for all residents.  

“Historically under-represented or marginalized groups continue to face inequities throughout our country and here in Pittsburgh,” Anupama Jain, the commission’s executive director said. “Overcoming barriers to equity requires reliable and current data that is disaggregated, in order for initiatives like the GEC to develop sustainable solutions for problems facing the city as a whole.” 
Wednesday, September 18, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Legislators say they will forge ahead with redistricting, election reforms despite power vacuum on Senate State Government committee

Legislators say they will forge ahead with redistricting, election reforms despite power vacuum on Senate State Government committee

On Monday, good government advocates took heart following a joint Senate and House hearing on election reforms with the hope that it might prompt action on the often thorny subject.

Two days later, the mood was decidedly different. Following the resignation of Sen. Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon) after being charged with possession of child pornography, the powerful Senate State Government Committee will have new leadership as it wades into a series of high profile issues, including both voting reform and redistricting.
Wednesday, September 18, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
House Republicans eye tax credit, permit relief bills for fall passage

House Republicans eye tax credit, permit relief bills for fall passage

Gov. Tom Wolf has spent a considerable amount of time this year pitching his plan to “restore” Pennsylvania through revenue from a shale gas tax, but House Republicans who stand in the way of Wolf’s proposal see a different path forward — one that attracts energy sector jobs to Pennsylvania through tax credits and permitting relief.

 

GOP lawmakers on Wednesday reiterated their desire to pass the “Energize PA” package helmed by House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny), which is designed to be a catalyst for job creation in the state.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
House passes squatter removal bill

House passes squatter removal bill

The House of Representatives passed House Bill 365 Wednesday by a 155-44 vote. Introduced by Rep. Martina White (R-Philadelphia), the bill expands the ability of law enforcement to remove unlawful occupants of residential property.
 
White submitted the legislation in February to combat the rise of “house theft” in portions of Philadelphia. This happens when people leave homes for vacations or other stretches of time and return to find changed locks and new occupants. The bill covers this and other versions of squatting. 
Wednesday, September 18, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: News and Views
DeLuca unveils legislation that puts a freeze on property taxes for seniors

DeLuca unveils legislation that puts a freeze on property taxes for seniors

On Wednesday morning Rep. Anthony DeLuca (D-Allegheny) unveiled House Bill 165 which would lift the sales tax exemption for advertising, and the money made would go towards creating a property tax freeze for senior citizens. 

DeLuca stated that by placing this tax on advertisements, it could generate $135 million for seniors who have a yearly income of less than $40,000.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
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