Wolf addresses GOP congressional map as Pittsburgh leaves Act 47 oversight

Wolf addresses GOP congressional map as Pittsburgh leaves Act 47 oversight

With a signature, a shuffle of papers, and a handshake, Pittsburgh’s time in Act 47 financial oversight came to an end Monday morning. 

Meanwhile, taking his own questions after the ceremony, Wolf, in his first public appearance since Republican legislative leaders sent him their court-ordered replacement congressional map, only reiterated his hope for a “fair map.” 

Monday, February 12, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Pittsburgh city administrator named to head PWSA restructuring

Pittsburgh city administrator named to head PWSA restructuring

Debbie Lestitian, the PWSA board chair as well as the city’s chief of administration and director of human resources, will resign from both municipal service and the board to take on the new role of Chief Corporate Counsel and Chief of Administration, according to a press release. 
Friday, February 9, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
In adult hearing of Pittsburgh city council on burlesque, medical marijuana, child’s testimony shines

In adult hearing of Pittsburgh city council on burlesque, medical marijuana, child’s testimony shines

New medical marijuana laws and old zoning codes that classified crossdressing in the same vein as a strip club took center stage at two public Pittsburgh city council hearings Thursday afternoon. 

The former was held as a reaction to the opening of the city’s first two dispensaries since Pennsylvania legalized cannabis for medical purposes in 2016. 
Thursday, February 8, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
Council introduces bill to fund entrepreneurs, approves over $5 million in police conduct settlements

Council introduces bill to fund entrepreneurs, approves over $5 million in police conduct settlements

Starting a new business in Pittsburgh and need an expensive permit? Maybe a new website or a hood on a stove?

New legislation proposed by Councilman Corey O’Connor (District 5) could mean there’s a grant for that.

The bill, proposed Tuesday, would direct the city’s Urban Redevelopment Authority to set up an Entrepreneur Support Fund that could provide grants or loans to fledgling small businesses in the city.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
Seven Lt. Governor hopefuls debate issues at progressive summit

Seven Lt. Governor hopefuls debate issues at progressive summit

The crowded field of seven Democrats took to a stage Friday night to build some daylight in the race to win the party’s nod for Lt. Governor.

Besides embattled incumbent Mike Stack, Braddock Mayor John Fetterman, veteran and pharmacist Aryanna Berringer, Chester County Commissioner Kathi Cozzone, Montgomery County State Rep. Madeleine Dean, Lancaster County Commissioner Craig Lehman and businessman and community activist Ray Sosa all appeared at the forum, organized by Keystone Progress, a progressive advocacy group in Pennsylvania.

Sunday, February 4, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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