Philadelphia City Council passes tenant reforms, revises occupancy disputes

Philadelphia City Council passes tenant reforms, revises occupancy disputes

Philadelphia’s City Council recently passed four major bills in addition to the anticipated Fair Work Week legislation. These measures give more rights to tenants, attempt to resolve trespassing ordinances on occupancy disputes, and raised the minimum wage for city workers and contractors.

Most of these bills were introduced in June or during the fall session. With council meeting once more in the 2018 calendar, passage becomes increasingly important as next year brings elections.
Monday, December 10, 2018/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Pennsylvania could see $50 million a year in sports gambling revenue

Pennsylvania could see $50 million a year in sports gambling revenue

Newly released numbers show the Department of Revenue estimates Pennsylvania can anticipate between $40 and $50 million in tax revenue annually once all sports wagering licensees are fully operational.

For fiscal year 2018-19, the department predicts $11.2 million in tax revenue from the recent sports wagering expansion, allowed by a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling. For fiscal year 2019-20, the number is expected to increase to $33.6 million.

However, a 2017 study conducted by Oxford Economics indicates once sports wagering is more convenient nationally, the commonwealth would experience a decrease in tax revenue due to the high tax rate.

Monday, December 10, 2018/Author: Robert Cochran
Categories: News and Views
Public transit advocates rally for fare equity

Public transit advocates rally for fare equity

With hopes of gaining lower fares and greater access, about 30 activists and riders gathered in front of a downtown Pittsburgh light rail station Friday, to call on the authority to enact reforms to ease the burden on low-income riders.

For Laura Wiens, director of transportation advocacy group Pittsburghers for Public Transit, the problem with the Port Authority of Allegheny County is a moral one because she portrays the county bus lines as lifelines for the over 200,000 people in the county that rely upon them.

Friday, December 7, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Petitions calling for a ban on fracking delivered to Wolf

Petitions calling for a ban on fracking delivered to Wolf

On Friday afternoon, Deputy Director of the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, Tracy Carluccio, joined other supporters in the Capitol to deliver petitions to Gov. Tom Wolf and ask him to vote at the Delaware River Basin Commission for a permanent ban on fracking and its activities. 

There were over 90,000 petitions delivered to the governor and the vote is expected to come up in the next few months. 

Friday, December 7, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Tweets of the Week - December 3, 2018

Tweets of the Week - December 3, 2018

Check out the week as tweeted from lawmakers, influencers, and others around Pennsylvania state government.
Friday, December 7, 2018/Author: Mike Howells
Categories: Features
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