Pittsburgh launches new multicultural unit to aide immigrant and refugee communities

Pittsburgh launches new multicultural unit to aide immigrant and refugee communities

The Peduto administration announced this week that it will be launching a new Multicultural Liaison Unit to help build relationships between the Department of Public Safety and the city’s immigrant and refugee population.  


The unit will translate police, fire, and medic materials into the five most common foreign languages in the city: Arabic, Chinese, Nepalese, Spanish and Swahili.  

Tuesday, September 12, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
For some, real pension reform hasn’t even started

For some, real pension reform hasn’t even started

Despite the bipartisan feel-good atmosphere that accompanied the June enactment of state government’s most recent attempt at pension reform, some inside and outside of the Capitol feel as though real pension reform—reform that directly addresses the combined unfunded pension liability some have put as high as $76 billion—hasn’t even started yet.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
House returns to session to begin budget balancing blitz

House returns to session to begin budget balancing blitz

After taking a roughly seven week session hiatus, the state House of Representatives made their long-awaited return to voting session Monday as the Republican caucus in that chamber looks to try to find consensus on a revenue plan that can close the state’s $2.2 billion deficit.

Monday, September 11, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Committee maneuver could delay consideration of severance tax proposal

Committee maneuver could delay consideration of severance tax proposal

A move by Republicans on the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee Monday could potentially pump the brakes on the full chamber getting a crack at considering a natural gas severance tax.

Monday, September 11, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Advocates oppose shale tax, urge Republicans to pass a revenue plan

Advocates oppose shale tax, urge Republicans to pass a revenue plan

On Monday, the House of Representatives returned to session to work on a plan to fund the state budget. Along with session resuming, there were multiple press conferences including one with Rep. Jim Christiana (R-Beaver) who joined others to urge lawmakers to oppose a natural gas severance tax to help fund the budget.

At a later press conference people asked representatives to pass a revenue plan and discussed the cuts that are going to be made if the House doesn't get a budget together soon.

Monday, September 11, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
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