Election Day Results: Live updates on special elections and city primaries in Pennsylvania

Election Day Results: Live updates on special elections and city primaries in Pennsylvania

Today voters are heading to the polls for the May primary election, an election that will also determine three new lawmakers in the Pennsylvania House and Senate. The PLS Reporter will continually update this live blog with new information on the major state and municipal races of the day. 
Tuesday, May 21, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views
Bill to alter Allegheny County Airport Authority board draws renewed scrutiny of airport dealings

Bill to alter Allegheny County Airport Authority board draws renewed scrutiny of airport dealings

A bill from House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) has brought renewed attention to state support for the Allegheny County Airport Authority, as lawmakers are considering altering the board charged with overseeing Pittsburgh International Airport.

Under the proposal, slated for a committee vote next week, the board would expand from nine to 13 members. The governor and each legislative caucus would appoint a member, in addition to eight representatives appointed by the county executive.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Allegheny County considers establishing much-debated children’s fund

Allegheny County considers establishing much-debated children’s fund

After a summer of lobbying, when given the choice to fund the $18 billion Children’s Fund through a property tax raise, Allegheny County voters narrowly rejected the measure. Months later, though the loss was disheartening for the initiative’s strongest supporters, it appears the county could have a children’s fund after all.

In a press release this week County Executive Rich Fitzgerald announced that a 26-member working group had been assembled to examine the feasibility of a children’s fund. Despite his being on record as opposing the property tax that would have funded the Our Kids, Our Future initiative, Fitzgerald said he felt the fund was necessary for the county’s children.  
Friday, March 29, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Local businessman makes second attempt at district 37 senate seat

Local businessman makes second attempt at district 37 senate seat

On a brisk November night in 2012, D. Raja conceded defeat for the District 37 state Senate seat to Democrat Matt Smith. The vote was close and the season marked by a tense primary and even more contentious general election. In the end Raja walked away with 47 percent of the vote compared to Smith’s 53 percent. The loss was disappointing, but it wasn’t the end of Raja’s political career in the county.

Seven years, a radio show, multiple boards, and an ascension as the chairman of the Allegheny County Republican Committee later - when same seat became vacant with Guy Reschenthaler leaving for congress, Raja decided the time was right to run again.

Monday, March 25, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Wagner audit of Allegheny County DPW finds lax oversight, cost overruns

Wagner audit of Allegheny County DPW finds lax oversight, cost overruns

Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner heavily criticized the county’s Public Works Department, its “lax control” on spending and lack of oversight in an audit released Tuesday.

Within the report, Wagner lamented that several projects accumulated $6 million in construction cost overruns. The problem, according to Wagner, was that the department lacked fixed standards for carrying out its projects.
Friday, November 30, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
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