Pittsburgh City Council mulls tax increase to bolster affordable housing fund

Pittsburgh City Council mulls tax increase to bolster affordable housing fund

Pittsburgh City Council briefly debated legislation Wednesday that would increase the city’s realty transfer tax by one percentage point in order to provide funding for the Housing Opportunity Fund. 

The tax increase is expected to generate $10 million a year for the city to build affordable housing and rehabilitate older homes for lower-income residents. Members of council have been searching for a revenue source for the fund since it was passed by the body in December. 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
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Press Conference Overview - May 10, 2017

Press Conference Overview - May 10, 2017

Watch an overview of some of the press events held at the Capitol Wednesday.
Wednesday, May 10, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Senate unanimously confirms Estelle Richman for spot on School Reform Commission

Senate unanimously confirms Estelle Richman for spot on School Reform Commission

By a 48-0 vote Wednesday afternoon, the Senate unanimously confirmed Estelle Richman for a spot on the School Reform Commission, the state-created oversight body for the School District of Philadelphia.

 

Richman was nominated by Gov. Tom Wolf in October 2016 after two commissioners from the five-member board stepped down. 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Lawmakers push legislation to protect taxpayers against municipal government malfeasance

Lawmakers push legislation to protect taxpayers against municipal government malfeasance

Following the recent release of a Grand Jury report by Attorney General Josh Shapiro outlining the negligent and potentially illegal activity of former Harrisburg Mayor Steve Reed and other city and county government actors concerning the city’s incinerator, lawmakers at the state Capitol are hoping the event will act as a catalyst for bipartisan, bicameral legislation to make it across the legislative finish line.

 

Reintroducing, amending, and developing new proposals, a small group of House and Senate lawmakers Wednesday said some actions by municipalities and related authorities could put the taxpayers on the hook for bad financial decisions, illegal activity, or negligent actions; things that the package of bills being introduced are designed to prevent.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Capitol Hunger Garden opens 8th season of growing

Capitol Hunger Garden opens 8th season of growing

The most predominant visual reminder for lawmakers and staff of hunger issues facing Pennsylvanians, the Capitol Hunger Garden—located between the Capitol’s Ryan Office Building and the House side of the Main Capitol—was opened Wednesday morning with an initial planting conducted by legislative leaders and anti-hunger advocates.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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