Pittsburgh City Controller Michael Lamb laments lack of transparency in city’s property sales process

Pittsburgh City Controller Michael Lamb laments lack of transparency in city’s property sales process

Pittsburgh City Controller Michael Lamb released a performance audit of the city’s Department of Finance Tuesday afternoon. The audit found that the city’s public sales process is lacking in transparency and contains a process open to fraud. 

In an audit that examined the department’s property acquisition, disposition process, the role of the Urban Redevelopment Authority, and the Pittsburgh Land Bank, findings included that city-owned property is priced by the URA, however those prices aren’t publicly disclosed until later in the process. Furthermore no formal agreement exists between the authority and the city for the prices set for city properties.
Wednesday, September 25, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
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VIDEO: 2019 Capitol All-Star Game!

VIDEO: 2019 Capitol All-Star Game!

Take a look at this year's highlight reel from the 2019 Capitol All-Star Game. 

Wednesday, September 25, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
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With push to bring back mandatory minimums gaining traction, Democrats are divided on policy's merit

With push to bring back mandatory minimums gaining traction, Democrats are divided on policy's merit

There is little doubt that criminal justice reform has been one of the biggest bipartisan movements in recent years in the Capitol, with members of both parties coalescing around reducing the state’s prison population to save money and give many offenders a second chance.

But now members are faced with a dilemma - as they search for ways to curtail gun violence across the commonwealth, should that kind of reform extend to those convicted of gun or violent crimes.
Wednesday, September 25, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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House passes state repealer bill after key Republicans vote yes

House passes state repealer bill after key Republicans vote yes

When House Republicans advanced a sweeping regulatory reform package in the spring, one bill was missing. That bill, House Bill 1055, would create a state office tasked with identifying regulations to repeal — something Democrats decried and Republicans praised.

 

And while the bill looked certain to pass, a 100-97 vote fell short of the constitutional majority needed to pass, calling the bill’s future into question. But a motion to reconsider on Tuesday resurrected the bill, which, this time, passed the House with enough votes.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Team Youse dominates Team Yinz in fourth annual Capitol All Star Game

Team Youse dominates Team Yinz in fourth annual Capitol All Star Game

They say good things come to those who wait. 

That was certainly true Tuesday night, as Team Youse outpaced Team Yinz 16-3 in the annual Capitol All Star Game, breaking a three-year streak of Yinz dominance and delivering Joseph Scarnati and Frank Dermody their first victory in the game.
Tuesday, September 24, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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