Philadelphia responds to financial, sexual harassment audits

Philadelphia responds to financial, sexual harassment audits

What happens when a city responds to two audits within two months?

In Philadelphia at least, it means that sexual harassment prevention policies are strengthened and that there are disputes on whether or not the city has money management problems, as city officials this week formally reacted to a pair of unrelated audits of city finances and protections in place for sexual harassment cases.

Friday, July 27, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Categories: Philadelphia
Bill addressing public sector union membership, certification floated in House

Bill addressing public sector union membership, certification floated in House

With the Janus ruling in the legislature’s rear-view window, a host of bills aimed at public sector unions have begun to float up from the General Assembly.

None have been formally introduced yet, but continue to circulate as co-sponsor memos. Some of the proposals, though, are already getting under the skin of the state’s labor leaders.

Thursday, July 26, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Senate hearing on Act 89 progress highlights changing nature of transportation

Senate hearing on Act 89 progress highlights changing nature of transportation

Bike lanes, automated vehicles, smart signals.

Those are just a few integral components of a modern, forward-looking transportation network that didn’t exist when many of the people now managing the state’s highways and byways first started out.

Transportation experts, state officials and industry representatives last week relayed to state lawmakers at a public hearing in Allegheny County just how much has changed since Act 89 allocated $2.4 billion to PennDOT’s coffers for infrastructure repairs in 2013.

Thursday, July 26, 2018/Author: Mike Howells
Categories: News and Views
Pittsburgh’s affordable housing fund collects community input, but some still hunger for action

Pittsburgh’s affordable housing fund collects community input, but some still hunger for action

With the passage of a controversial deed transfer tax last year, Pittsburgh has its affordable housing fund. Entrusted to a board of 16 city leaders and advocates, the board met this week for its second hearing on how to use the $10 million pool.

But even as the listening continues, some members are already pushing to get the funding into the city’s 90 neighborhoods immediately to start addressing an 18,000 unit deficit in affordable housing.
Thursday, July 26, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh waits for state review of new accessibility codes, passes on expanding animal control

Pittsburgh waits for state review of new accessibility codes, passes on expanding animal control

Pittsburgh City Council met Tuesday, agreeing to prod the state for further action on building accessibility codes, while also refusing a measure to use city resources in a small borough lying entirely within the city.
Wednesday, July 25, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
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