Pittsburgh city controller's audit finds two years of missing records on city repairs

Pittsburgh city controller's audit finds two years of missing records on city repairs

A new audit from Pittsburgh City Controller Michael Lamb found two years worth of missing costs from the department in charge of repairing city buildings. 

The missing information, which covers 2014 and 2015 in the Department of Public Work’s facilities division, along with the department’s habit of purchasing materials like lumber or roofing supplies in bulk, created an environment that could encourage theft, according to Lamb. However, the audit found no evidence that any had taken place.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
House Democrats push for their "Plan for PA" strategy

House Democrats push for their "Plan for PA" strategy

Rep. Ryan Bizzarro (D-Erie) and Rep. Peter Schweyer (D-Lehigh) joined their House Democratic colleagues Wednesday morning to push for their recently released legislative platform, "Plan For PA."

Wednesday, December 6, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Bills give more flexibility to some parking authorities

Bills give more flexibility to some parking authorities

Two Senate bills seeking to provide more flexibility to some of Pennsylvania’s local parking authorities moved closer to the conclusion of their legislative process Wednesday as they were unanimously approved the House Local Government Committee.

 

The first bill, Senate Bill 252 by Sen. Randy Vulakovich (R-Allegheny), seeks to provide the Pittsburgh Parking Authority with the ability to enter into private agreements for the lease or license of parking spaces and develop, operate, and/or finance mixed-use projects.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Senate Judiciary Committee roundtable calls for more action on criminal justice reform in Pennsylvania

Senate Judiciary Committee roundtable calls for more action on criminal justice reform in Pennsylvania

At a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting Tuesday, held just outside of some of Pittsburgh’s most crime ridden neighborhoods, a panel of state officials and activists talked about how Pennsylvania could reform the commonwealth’s criminal justice system. 

The meeting was the final of three — the first two taking place in Harrisburg and Philadelphia, all organized by Senate Judiciary Committee Majority Chairman Stewart Greenleaf (R-Montgomery). Democratic Senators Sharif Street (D-Philadelphia) and Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) also sat on the panel, held at Petra Ministries, a non-denominational church, in Penn Hills. 

Wednesday, December 6, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Legislative package aimed at reforming state budget process clears House committee

Legislative package aimed at reforming state budget process clears House committee

A six-bill legislative package that seeks to reform the state budgeting process made its way out of the House Appropriations Committee Tuesday afternoon along a party-line vote.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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