Rotunda Ramblings - Episode 45: Rep. Joe Markosek (D-Allegheny)

We have a budget-focused podcast this week where we sit down with House Appropriations Committee Democratic Chairman Joe Markosek (D-Allegheny) to discuss where things stand with developing a balanced FY 2017-2018 spending plan, what House Democrats hope to see out of the budget and related bills, and what needs to be done to rid Pennsylvania of its perennial structural deficit.

Friday, June 16, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: Rotunda Ramblings
Pennsylvania voters announce lawsuit over alleged gerrymandering

Pennsylvania voters announce lawsuit over alleged gerrymandering

On Thursday afternoon, in the Capitol, Pennsylvania voters announced that they have filed a lawsuit in Commonwealth Court alleging partisan gerrymandering in Pennsylvania's congressional districts.

Thursday, June 15, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Allegheny County DA says charges not warranted against Pittsburgh ICA, former director

Allegheny County DA says charges not warranted against Pittsburgh ICA, former director

The Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office announced Thursday that it will not pursue criminal charges against the agency overseeing Pittsburgh’s finances or its former executive director.  


In April 2016, the office of Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala initiated an investigation into the operation and expenditures of the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority (ICA), and the duties of its former executive director Henry Sciortino, the ICA’s only employee.  

Thursday, June 15, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
VIDEO: Sen. Aument opens up about independent Inspector General legislation

VIDEO: Sen. Aument opens up about independent Inspector General legislation

Sen. Ryan Aument (R-Lancaster) joined The PLS Reporter to talk about his bill, Senate Bill 527 and how he feels it will do in the House, why it is important, and how it is different than past pieces of similar legislation.

Thursday, June 15, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Pittsburgh turns to unconventional ally in the fight against invasive vegetation in city parks

Pittsburgh turns to unconventional ally in the fight against invasive vegetation in city parks

In an effort to eradicate invasive plant species in the city’s parks, Pittsburgh City Council today authorized the use of an unusual landscaping crew to aid in the endeavor – a herd of goats.

City Council passed a resolution at this morning’s early Standing Committee meeting by a vote of 8-0 that authorized the use of a goat herds to help with landscaping difficulties in one of Pittsburgh’s parks.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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