Pittsburgh City Council finalizes realty transfer tax increase to fund affordable housing

Pittsburgh City Council finalizes realty transfer tax increase to fund affordable housing

Nearly a year to the day Pittsburgh City Council first authorized an affordable housing trust fund, it has finally been funded.

In a mid-day vote, City Council approved a staggered raise of the realty transfer tax, a one time fee paid by home buyers, by a 7-2 vote.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Dan Gilman named new chief of staff to Pittsburgh Mayor Peduto

Dan Gilman named new chief of staff to Pittsburgh Mayor Peduto

Pittsburgh City Councilman Dan Gilman is Mayor Bill Peduto’s new chief of staff. 
 
Peduto made the announcement in a press release issued Tuesday afternoon. Gilman will finish out his term as District 8 representative, which includes Shady Side, Point Breeze and North Squirrel Hill among others, before taking over the position on January 3, 2018. 
 
“It’s an incredible honor to be asked to serve in this role to the mayor of your city,” Gilman said after a city council meeting Tuesday. 
Tuesday, December 19, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
Lawmaker continues quest to regulate tattoo parlors, tongue splitting

Lawmaker continues quest to regulate tattoo parlors, tongue splitting

An adage often attributed to Albert Einstein says, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.”

 

However, in early December, Rep. Tony DeLuca (D-Allegheny) proved that sometimes persistence pays off after his decade-plus quest to try and regulate tattooing, body-piercing, and corrective cosmetic artists finally received a committee vote.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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In light of lead, Pittsburgh activists push for state suit against Veolia

In light of lead, Pittsburgh activists push for state suit against Veolia

As a grinch named “Veolia” tossed presents labeled “clean water” about the Allegheny County Courthouse’s courtyard Monday, Pittsburgh activists made their case for a new investigation into the French corporation blamed for many of the city’s water woes. 
 
Aly Shaw, an organizer with the Our Water Campaign, said at a holiday-themed press conference, complete with Dr. Suess’s green Christmas anti-hero and caroling, that the campaign had filed a formal complaint against Veolia with the Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala’s office a few months ago.  
 
“They are taking it seriously and we think there is something there,” Shaw said of the complaint. She added that Our Water met with an investigator from Zappala’s office last week. 

Monday, December 18, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
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House Republican cadre forms “Common Sense Caucus”

House Republican cadre forms “Common Sense Caucus”

An ad-hoc group of 18 House Republican members recently announced they will be forming the “Common Sense Caucus,” a group of like-minded legislators aimed at bringing more accountability and transparency to the Commonwealth’s fiscal issues.

 

The group is formed largely of the team of rank-and-file House Republican members that were pushing for the use of special fund transfers to fund the current fiscal year’s budget, a component of which was incorporated into the revenue plan ultimately adopted.

Monday, December 18, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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