Affordable housing advocates plead with Pittsburgh City Council for restored funding

Affordable housing advocates plead with Pittsburgh City Council for restored funding

With signs that alleged empty promises, affordable housing advocates advanced on Pittsburgh City Council chambers to plead with council to restore their funding for the 2019 capital budget.

When Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto proposed his budget for the new year, many advocates were disturbed to learn that their financial support from the city would decrease by $5 million, leaving the authority with $1.1 million from the capital budget.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pension reform commission prepares final report, will vote on approval next week

Pension reform commission prepares final report, will vote on approval next week

Ahead of a vote to accept or reject their final report next week, the state’s pension review commission, set up by the 2017 retirement restructuring, had its penultimate meeting Wednesday.

The commission is chaired by Rep. Mike Tobash (R-Schuylkill), who said afterwards that the report “clearly states we can be better,” whether in simplifying the investment process, using standardized reporting tools for easier comparisons with other retirement systems or by increasing transparency.

“I think everyone is on board. There are no losers in this discussion,” Tobash said.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
With conviction, Brown resigns House seat "under protest"

With conviction, Brown resigns House seat "under protest"

Vanessa Lowery Brown has resigned from her House seat per a letter sent to Speaker Mike Turzai.

In the letter, Brown, who represented Philadelphia as a Democrat, wrote that the conviction caused her "incalculable harm and reputation damage" while violating her right to equal protection under the law.

"Emboldened by the civil rights giants who have gone before me and with the love and support of my family and friends, I live to fight another day against injustice and racism," Brown wrote.
Tuesday, December 11, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Pittsburgh City Council introduces electronic and hazardous waste recycling legislation

Pittsburgh City Council introduces electronic and hazardous waste recycling legislation

Before Dan Gilman served as Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto’s chief of staff, as a councilmember, he and Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith (District 2) noticed a problem.

Around the city, they saw televisions and computers dumped illegally. Knowing residents had few legal options for disposing electronic devices, they sought legislation that’d allow residents to recycle such items safely.

A year later, the legislation was introduced by Kail-Smith Tuesday, with the support of the mayor’s office.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania’s Auditor General takes on prescription drug “middlemen” in new report

Pennsylvania’s Auditor General takes on prescription drug “middlemen” in new report

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today released a special report on the role of the “middlemen” between pharmaceutical companies, insurance providers and pharmacists who fill customers’ prescriptions.

Standing in front of the pharmacy counter at an independent retailer in Lancaster County, DePasquale cited his report that shows the state’s Medicaid program paid $2.8 billion in 2017 to PBMs, which is a 100 percent increase since 2013.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018/Author: Stephany Dugan
Categories: News and Views
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