As House Democrats unveil “Plan for PA,” Republicans counter with budget and regulatory reform agenda

As House Democrats unveil “Plan for PA,” Republicans counter with budget and regulatory reform agenda

The House Democratic Caucus this week unveiled what they are calling a “Plan for PA,” a legislative agenda they hope will get action in the coming months as legislators work on action in the interstitial period between the FY 2017-2018 budget and the FY 2018-2019 budget.

 

According to the caucus, the thrust of the four-pronged plan is a focus on solutions for working, middle-class Pennsylvanians that creates jobs, makes taxes fairer, and ensures a quality public education.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Lawmakers to introduce zero-based budgeting legislation

Lawmakers to introduce zero-based budgeting legislation

Six “reform-minded” Republican state senators earlier this week declared their intent to introduce legislation that would require state agencies to engage in zero-based budgeting, essentially requiring them to build their budgets from zero dollars as a means to justify expenses.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Pittsburgh City Council wants to know the worth of former Civic Arena site

Pittsburgh City Council wants to know the worth of former Civic Arena site

Although a deal has already been penned by the Pittsburgh Penguins and the city’s Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) and Sports & Exhibition Authority (SEA) to redevelop the former Civic Arena site, the city itself wants to know just what the 28-acre site in the central downtown district is worth.

Legislation sponsored by Pittsburgh City Councilman Daniel Lavelle (District 6) passed council 6-2 Tuesday and would enlist the help of the city’s Director of Finance to conduct an appraisal of the 28-acre site in the Lower Hill District.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Gov. Wolf appoints Obra Kernodle to Gaming Control Board

Gov. Wolf appoints Obra Kernodle to Gaming Control Board

Gov. Tom Wolf announced this week that he is appointing former deputy chief of staff Obra Kernodle to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
City-appointed consultant releases final recommendation for restructuring Pittsburgh's Water and Sewer Authority

City-appointed consultant releases final recommendation for restructuring Pittsburgh's Water and Sewer Authority

The consulting group tasked with finding a possible restructuring solution of the embattled Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) released its final report Monday.

In the fifty-page “Restructuring Assessment” document, Infrastructure Management Group (IMG) recommends transferring oversight of PWSA to a newly-created Pittsburgh Public-Infrastructure Trust, governed by a Board of Trustees, which in turn would name a Board of Directors to oversee PWSA operations. Both bodies would be independent of city government, and would set water and sewer rates under the oversight of the Public Utilities Commission (PUC).

Monday, November 27, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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