Politics - Local


Allegheny Regional Asset District eyes largest-ever budget

The county sales tax fund is 5.2 percent ahead of where it was this time last year, a boost RAD officials have attributed to auto sales.

1 day ago


 Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto

Some say Pittsburgh mayor’s school panel on system overhaul lacks focus

As it prepares for its third meeting, the task force is still developing goals.

2 days ago


Allegheny County Council to weigh open fire regulations

County Council will soon consider new open burning regulations from the Allegheny County Health Department.

2 days ago


 Sen. Richard Kasunic, left, State Rep. Deberah Kula, center, and Sen. Timothy J. Solobay

Control of state Senate up for grabs

Who will control the Pennsylvania Senate come 2015 -- the Republicans who hold the majority now or Democrats?

3 days ago


 Mayor Bill Peduto, left, with City Councilman R. Daniel Lavelle

City negotiating new pact on nonprofits’ contributions

The mayor and his staff have said discussions have focused on a new agreement structured more along the lines of the Pittsburgh Promise.

4 days ago


West Mifflin pressures county on airport

Consol Energy has offered $2.2 million for mineral rights at the airport but plans no drilling anytime soon.

6 days ago


 Pittsburgh City Councilwoman Darlene Harris: "To me, this is nonsense, this is politics."

Pittsburgh council clashes over two delinquent parking tickets

Councilwoman Darlene Harris blasted Mayor Bill Peduto for blaming the past administration for “everything that's wrong with the city.”

6 days ago


 Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald.

Fitzgerald presents plans for coming months to Allegheny County Council

In two weeks, Allegheny County executive Rich Fitzgerald presents his proposed county budget, which he said will not include a tax increase.

1 week ago


 Councilman Dan Gilman is one of two city council members proposing legislation protecting pregnant women.

Pittsburgh City Council considers protections for pregnant women

Measure would require “reasonable accommodations” for pregnant city employees and companies that do business with the city.

1 week ago


 Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto's budget proposal for 2015 reflects $23.2 million in additional spending.

Bill Peduto's proposed budget for Pittsburgh includes property tax hike

The proposed budget includes a 0.5-mill real estate tax increase that would generate an additional $8 million.

1 week ago


 Mayor Bill Peduto will present his first budget today to the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority, the city’s state-appointed financial overseer.

Peduto to submit first Pittsburgh budget to state oversight group today

Mayor Bill Peduto was mum on the details, but he called the new spending plan “truth in budgeting.”

1 week ago


Assault charge dismissed against former Pittsburgh official

Kevin Quigley, also a Pittsburgh Democratic ward chairman, had charges dismissed when his girlfriend wouldn’t pursue charges.

1 week ago


Controller seeks more information on county vehicles

Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner said she has not received a complete inventory of county-owned and leased cars, as requested.

2 weeks ago


Consultant raps city on payroll audit data

The meeting detailed the latest chapter in the clash between Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority and the city over a new payroll system.

2 weeks ago


 Allegheny County Council member Sue Means at the Allegheny County Courthouse.

Allegheny County Councilwoman Means asks the tough questions

Republican Allegheny County Councilwoman Sue Means of Bethel Park asks tough questions and pushes conservative issues with modest success.

2 weeks ago


Allegheny County Council to consider constitutional amendment for voting rights

Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. was in Pittsburgh this week to push the amendment, which Pittsburgh City Council also may consider.

2 weeks ago


 A driver gives plenty of room to a biker on Penn Avenue in Garfield.

Reducing street congestion major issue at Pittsburgh cyclist conference

Greater vehicle congestion is a potential problem in Pittsburgh. Bike lanes could help reduce number of vehicles.

3 weeks ago


Bike share bill passes

Pittsburgh City Council passed a resolution Tuesday setting the financing for the city’s coming bike share program in motion.

3 weeks ago


 Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald had told county council that he would veto any legislation that supported displaying the phrase ‘‘In God We Trust’’ in the County Courthouse, Downtown

Allegheny County Council rejects ‘In God We Trust’ motion

A bid to display the words in the County Courthouse failed with a 6-8 vote. Some members argued church and state should remain separate.

3 weeks ago


 Allegheny County Councilwoman Sue Means. R-Bethel Park, wants the county to post the motto “In God We Trust” in the courthouse. “It’s our national motto,” she said. “It’s patriotism. It’s history.”

Allegheny County's Fitzgerald tells council he’ll veto ‘In God We Trust’ motion

County Council is expected to vote tonight on a proposal by Councilwoman Sue Means to post the motto in a room of the courthouse.

3 weeks ago


 Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr.

Jesse Jackson visits city to push amendment for voting protection

A resolution supporting the proposed constitutional amendment is expected to be introduced by city council.

3 weeks ago



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