Public calls for the removal of controversial Stephen Foster statue in Pittsburgh

Public calls for the removal of controversial Stephen Foster statue in Pittsburgh

Public commenters at a Pittsburgh Art Commission hearing Wednesday overwhelmingly called for the removal of the controversial Stephen Foster statue from public property, calling it racist and demeaning to black culture.

The Commission scheduled a hearing to gather information and to hear from the public about the controversial statue that was built in 1900 depicting Stephen Foster, a Pittsburgh-born songwriter known for his work with minstrel music, standing over a barefoot black slave playing a banjo. 

Wednesday, October 4, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Proposed hotel tax increase could hurt chances of Pittsburgh's proposed Sports Commission

Proposed hotel tax increase could hurt chances of Pittsburgh's proposed Sports Commission

The latest effort by lawmakers in Harrisburg to balance this year’s state budget via a five percent hotel tax increase could hurt the chances of a long-sought after Pittsburgh Sports Commission, said Pittsburgh officials Wednesday.

The Pittsburgh Sports Commission is part of an economic development strategy between VisitPittsburgh, the city’s official tourism promotion agency, the Sports Exhibition Authority, with support from the Peduto administration and City Council to recruit major sporting events to the city.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
PA collects $2.7 billion in September revenue

PA collects $2.7 billion in September revenue

The Department of Revenue reported September’s reported revenue figures Monday, noting the Commonwealth collected $2.7 billion for the month, bringing the fiscal-year- to-date collections to $6.9 billion.

Monday, October 2, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: News and Views
Allegheny County state legislative delegation activity for September 25

Allegheny County state legislative delegation activity for September 25

The state House completed another session week.

Here's what the Pittsburgh and Allegheny County delegation were up to. 

Friday, September 29, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh poised to leave Act 47 status by 2018 while city's financial overseer struggles to pay the bills

Pittsburgh poised to leave Act 47 status by 2018 while city's financial overseer struggles to pay the bills

The Act 47 coordinators of the city of Pittsburgh have concluded that it is time for the city to get out of the “financially distressed” status that it has held since 2003, and could do so by the beginning of the year.

Joel Lennen of the law firm Eckert Seamans, whom make up the team of the city’s Act 47 coordinators,
Thursday, September 28, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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