What will the new General Assembly look like?

What will the new General Assembly look like?

Tuesday, the legislators making up the General Assembly for the 2017-2018 legislative session will officially be sworn into office.

 

Starting on Day 1, what will the new legislature look like?

Monday, January 2, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Pittsburgh region officials announce $7.8 million in grants for transportation improvement projects

Pittsburgh region officials announce $7.8 million in grants for transportation improvement projects

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and County Executive Rich Fitzgerald joined members of the Allegheny County delegation in the state House and Senate to announce $7,778,309 in funding for various improvement projects around the region. 


“We are very grateful to have such strong partnerships with the members of the State Senate and House who represent Allegheny County in Harrisburg, as well as Governor Wolf,” said Fitzgerald. “It is through those partnerships, and all of us working together for the greater good, that we are able to see success such as these.”

Thursday, December 8, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh

Allegheny County delegation discusses top priorities for upcoming legislative session

As the 2015-16 legislative session comes to a close, members of Allegheny County's state legislative delegation are looking ahead to next session and their top legislative priorities for the region.

At the top of that list is resolving the local share tax portion of state gaming legislation that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court dubbed unconstitutional in September. Without this portion of the law, Pittsburgh and the county would stand to lose an annual $10 million contribution from its casino. 
Monday, November 21, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pension reform, gaming fix/expansion headline action items for legislature’s remaining session days

Pension reform, gaming fix/expansion headline action items for legislature’s remaining session days

With the 2015-2016 legislative session of the Pennsylvania General Assembly expected to come to a close Wednesday, lawmakers started separating the wheat from the chaff in terms of what might become law Monday with items like pension reform and a possible fix and/or expansion of gaming in Pennsylvania taking top position of what lawmakers hope to get done before heading home for the election.

Monday, October 24, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Senate Democratic Policy Committee tackles role of charter schools in public education

The Senate Democratic Policy Committee held a hearing in Pittsburgh Thursday to discuss the role of charter schools in public education across the state. 

“I hope today’s hearing gives us a better sense of how the charter school system works; how it compliments, or detracts from traditional pubic schools; and ways we can make these schools more efficient, transparent and accountable,” said Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-Lehigh), chairman of the committee. 

Calling Pennsylvania’s charter school law the “worst in the nation,” Auditor General Eugene DePasquale issued a 95-page audit last month that revealed numerous examples of financial mismanagement, conflicts of interest and poor oversight.

Thursday, October 13, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
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