State Auditor General to conduct review of Pittsburgh's water authority

State Auditor General to conduct review of Pittsburgh's water authority

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto announced Tuesday that the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority board, with support from the administration, will be inviting state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale to conduct his own performance investigation of the authority’s operations. 


The Office of Municipal Investigations (OMI) will also begin an investigation at PWSA to discover why the authority was forced to issue a flush and boil water advisory last week, causing upheaval for some 100,000 city residents. 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Facing increasing deficits, Gov. Wolf proposes $32.3 billion budget balanced on substantial revenue and structural reforms

Facing increasing deficits, Gov. Wolf proposes $32.3 billion budget balanced on substantial revenue and structural reforms

Gov. Tom Wolf gave the third budget address of his tenure Tuesday afternoon before a joint session of the General Assembly. The proposed budget he presented to legislators for FY 2017-2018 rings in at a total of $32.3 billion, a 1.8 percent increase over last year’s spending number.

 

The increase in spending comes as Pennsylvania faces an ongoing struggle with its structural deficit, leaving a hole of upwards of $700 million for the current fiscal year and potentially as high as $2.3 billion for the coming fiscal year.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Allegheny County Council committee weighs pros and cons of allowing public vaping

Allegheny County Council committee weighs pros and cons of allowing public vaping

The Allegheny County Council’s Health and Human Services Committee met Monday evening to vet a controversial proposal to ban the use of e-cigarettes in public places. 

The committee heard from a panel of medical practitioners, advocacy groups and business owners, as well as members of the public, on the potential negative and positive consequences of the ban. 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Sanctuary cities, “paycheck protection” bills move closer to final Senate passage

Sanctuary cities, “paycheck protection” bills move closer to final Senate passage

Bills that would punish so-called sanctuary cities and limit the ability of unions to have political dues money automatically deducted from public employee paychecks advanced through key Senate committees Monday in their move toward final passage.

Monday, February 6, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Veto-doomed controversial abortion measure advances from Senate committee

Veto-doomed controversial abortion measure advances from Senate committee

Amid controversy and contention, the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced a bill along party-lines Monday that would limit abortions to occur only after the fetus has aged 20 weeks and banning dismemberment and extraction abortions.

 

Senate Bill 3, introduced by Sen. Michele Brooks (R-Mercer), was panned during the meeting by opponents as being fast-tracked without a hearing to include medical and stakeholder support.

Monday, February 6, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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