Allegheny County Council unanimously passes 2019 budget

Allegheny County Council unanimously passes 2019 budget

Allegheny County Council approved County Executive Rich Fitzgerald’s roughly $1 billion dollar operating plan by a 13-0 vote Tuesday night.

The plan includes a $932 million operating budget, $111 million for the capital budget, and an additional $1 billion grants budget. This is an almost 3 percent increase from the 2018 budget of $905.7 million. In his initial proposal, Fitzgerald insisted every dollar requested would go toward preparing the county for disaster and investing in the future.

Thursday, December 6, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Philadelphia City Council passes fair work week bill

Philadelphia City Council passes fair work week bill

Philadelphia City Council passed a bill Thursday mandating employers in certain industries provide more stable work schedules and lead time in altering them. The vote was 14-3, along party lines.

Introduced by Councilwoman Helen Gym (D-At Large), the bill brought crowds that filled both levels of the chamber’s viewing gallery, similar to the bill’s hearings in late October. Support has come from many labor and political groups, led by One PA.

Thursday, December 6, 2018/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
In photos: The annual Capitol Christmas tree lighting

In photos: The annual Capitol Christmas tree lighting

Decked out with more than 900 lights and 400-plus hand-crafted ornaments, Gov. Tom Wolf lit the annual Capitol Christmas tree Thursday.
Thursday, December 6, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Tags: Tom Wolf
State Capitol Christmas tree lit amid protest of Department of Corrections’ mail restrictions

State Capitol Christmas tree lit amid protest of Department of Corrections’ mail restrictions

Prior to lighting the state Capitol Christmas tree, Gov. Tom Wolf shared a message of “counting our blessings” and sharing them with others throughout the year.

But a group of about a half-dozen protesters, opposed to some recently enacted policies in the state prisons, had another message in mind.

Just as Wolf began to speak, the protesters jumped up from a crowd of spectators, shouting imploring Wolf to “have a heart.” The group held up cards and a banner referring to Wolf as “the Grinch” because of current mail restrictions placed on all state correctional institutions.

Thursday, December 6, 2018/Author: Stephany Dugan
Categories: News and Views
Philly's City Council Finance Committee votes down loosening tobacco restrictions, forwards tax change

Philly's City Council Finance Committee votes down loosening tobacco restrictions, forwards tax change

Philadelphia City Council’s Committee on Finance passed through five of six bills considered Wednesday, including an alteration to tax laws allowing businesses to carry net operating losses for a longer period on their tax returns. The only bill voted down was a change to tobacco licenses, allowing them to change locations or holders.

Introduced by Councilman Mark Squilla (D-District 1), the measure would roll back restrictions set in 2016 that blocked all transfers.

Thursday, December 6, 2018/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
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