Overseers approve city's budget (P-G, Rich Lord)
Council President Doug Shields noted that the city has fixed its finances largely by leaving positions empty, freezing salaries and cutting benefits. Now it must fill posts, and it faces new contract negotiations with several unions in the next two years, which could alter the picture.
The city's revised budget includes money to hire outside legal help for labor talks.
We hope he means ninjas.
New county tax plan put on hold (P-G, Karamagi Rujumba)
"This is probably the biggest test this council has had," [Committee chairman Bill Robinson] said. "I'm suggesting that we don't give too much nefarious intention to what the administration has done."
Nefarious? Who said anything about Dan-O being nefarious?
Alcosan to raise rates 10% in new year (P-G, Don Hopey)
But a summer budget review determined the rate increase was needed to do flow studies and planning required by Alcosan's May consent agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to control wet weather sewage overflows by 2026.
Studies and planning -- imagine when the actual work starts. Thus begins the Great Water Wars of the 21st century.
Pittsburgh considers gender wage gap study (Trib, Jeremy Boren)
"We know that as a city we have one of the worst wage gaps in the country" among women and minorities, said Heather Arnet, president of the Women and Girls Foundation of Western Pennsylvania.
Doug Shields: the first female Council President?
Peduto: Take politics out of road paving plan (P-G, Rich Lord)
A computerized system "makes it easier for me to be able to go home at night and look my neighbors in the face and say, 'You have to wait,' " if paving their streets isn't warranted, he said.
His timing was never stellar. Still, why would anyone vote against this?
The P-G's Dan Simpson: Ruling Pittsburgh
President Mobutu Sese Seku of Zaire used to requisition the planes of the national airline, Air Zaire, for personal trips to his vacation homes around the world. For him there was no distinction between public and private property -- what was his because of his position and what was his personally. No party but the ruling party in a one-party state would dare put up for election such a candidate.
This is the argument that too often gets lost in the shuffle. He doesn't quite extend it to the deeper issue of colossal hereditary cronyism. UPDATE: Actually, he sort of does. Not quite sure where we were at.