Archive for December, 2009

Bringing Transparency to Government

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

magnifyingglassYesterday, 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.

View the Searchable Database of all City Government Contracts

Frequently Asked Questions About Lobbyist Registration

View the Lobbyist Registration Form

Campaign Finance Reform Frequently Asked Questions

No Bid Contracts Reform Frequently Asked Questions

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The Universities Strike Back

Saturday, December 12th, 2009

post-rpnOn 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.

Read the Letter

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City’s State Senators Call on Local Non-Profits to Commit to $6 Million Annual Contributions

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

postState Senators Jay Costa, Jim Ferlo and Wayne Fontana wrote to non-profit organizations asking for a $6 million dollar payment per year to the City of Pittsburgh in lieu of taxes.

Read the Letter Here

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Mayor Offers Counter Budget Proposal

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

peace-pipeOn Wednesday afternoon, Mayor Ravenstahl offered this alternative budget to the Oversight Board.

View the Alternative Budget

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.

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Act 47 Has Weighed in on the Budget Crisis

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

school_tax_sign1Act 47 appears to support the Peduto/Lamb alternative.  Read the letter, and the Peduto/Lamb alternative below.

Act 47 Response Letter

Peduto/Lamb Alternative

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