Right 2 Know Episode 32: Minimum wage Magic 8 Ball

Right 2 Know Episode 32: Minimum wage Magic 8 Ball

Whew. What a week. Justin and Andrew are thankful they lived to tell the tale on Right 2 Know, talking about the fate of a plan to raise the minimum wage, statute of limitations reform and more. We also discuss the best Thanksgiving food because of course. Like what you hear? Follow us on Apple Podcasts, Google Play and Spotify.
Friday, November 22, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views
Pittsburgh City Council mulls over public safety funding

Pittsburgh City Council mulls over public safety funding

In the City of Pittsburgh, the Department of Public Safety exists to provide safety and security for residents in the city through the work of the Bureaus of Police, Fire, Emergency Medical Services, and Animal Care and Control. As Pittsburgh City Council mulls over the proposed 2020 budget, they held a hearing Thursday to discuss the funds allocated for public safety.

Of the total proposed budget, 40 percent - $242 million - is put towards public safety. The money will be divided with $115 million for police, $87 million to fire, and paramedics with $24 million increasing from the 2019 budget.

Friday, November 22, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Sec. Richards leaving PennDOT to take GM role at SEPTA

Sec. Richards leaving PennDOT to take GM role at SEPTA

SEPTA announced Thursday that its board unanimously approved Department of Transportation Secretary Leslie Richards as its new general manager. She’ll succeed the outgoing Jeffrey Knueppel, who retires at the end of the year.
 
Richards was appointed for a second term as PennDOT secretary earlier this year. She took the role in 2015 as part of the new Wolf administration. Richards is a Montgomery County resident and earned a Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She previously served on SEPTA’s board earlier in the decade while a county commissioner.
Friday, November 22, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: News and Views
Despite push from Republican lawmakers, Wolf vetoes Down syndrome abortion ban

Despite push from Republican lawmakers, Wolf vetoes Down syndrome abortion ban

Despite approval from a Republican-controlled legislature, Pennsylvania’s top executive has vetoed a bill that would have banned abortions based on a prenatal Down syndrome diagnosis.


The Senate approved House Bill 321 mostly along party lines Wednesday as Republican lawmakers looked to add a prenatal Down syndrome diagnosis to the list of reasons women may not receive an abortion in Pennsylvania. 

Thursday, November 21, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
City Council introduces phasing out of real estate tax abatement

City Council introduces phasing out of real estate tax abatement

Staffers and visitors waited in the caucus room Thursday morning longer than usual for the weekly lead-up for Philadelphia’s City Council to begin. Considering the weeks and months many waited for tax abatement reform, an extra hour wasn’t so egregious. 

City Council introduced a plan to phase out the tax abatement on new residential properties starting next fiscal year. The tax break has been labeled a culprit in the city’s rising gentrification and property tax increases, which may have influenced the votes in November’s election.
Thursday, November 21, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
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