Archive for December, 2009
Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009
Yesterday, City Councilman Bill Peduto and City Controller Michael Lamb announced that a reform package to bring transparency to City Government, which was passed by City Council in May, will take effect on January 1st, 2010.
“It was a historic day for Pittsburgh when City Council passed the reform package in May,” said Councilman Peduto. “The changes that Controller Lamb and I are implementing are an important step in ending pay-to-play politics in Pittsburgh.”
Controller Lamb and Councilman Peduto have been working for the past 7 months to create a user-friendly system that will make the City of Pittsburgh government more transparent and accessible to all. The new tools for transparency will include lobbyist registration, the disclosure of lobbyists on all RFP responses, and a new searchable dataset of all campaign donations.
Saturday, December 12th, 2009
On Friday, December 11, 2009 the Pittsburgh Council of Higher Education put out the following letter to Mayor Ravenstahl. Among many important points, the PCHE stated AGAIN that there can be no negotiations until the Education Tax is taken from the table.
Wednesday, December 9th, 2009
Thursday, December 3rd, 2009
Many of the recommendations from Controller Lamb and Councilman Peduto were adopted by the Mayor as part of his new proposal. The notion of an Education Tax to balance the books in 2010 was taken out of the budget, but the Mayor still intends to pursue the idea and five members of City Council still support him.
Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009