Sunday, July 8, 2012
A deal between the state, Allegheny County and union officials is being negotiated to stave off massive Port Authority service cuts and garage closures.
A deal is in the works to avoid drastic cuts to Port Authority service this fall, according to a report by KDKA. According to the report, negotiations between state, Allegheny County and union officials are underway to avoid a one-third cut in service, which would reduce or eliminate many bus routes to the South Hills and close the Collier Garage, on Sept. 2. Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald told KDKA that if the union, management and county can come up with about $30 million, Gov. Tom Corbett will match that amount and restore service. The Port Authority already increased fares on July 1 and eliminated several trolley stops in an attempt to raise revenue and streamline services. Many riders in the South Hills face service cuts …
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
The House Democratic Policy Committee will consider the impact budget cuts are having on communities in western Pennsylvania.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
The House Democratic Policy Committee will hold a public hearing on state budget education cuts from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday in the Green Tree Municipal Center’s Council Chambers, 10 W. Manilla Ave. State Reps. Matt Smith, Chelsa Wagner and Dan Deasy, all D-Allegheny, requested the hearing and will serve as its co-chairpersons. The hearing will consider the impact budget cuts are having on communities in western Pennsylvania as the policy committee evaluates what needs will be required for next year’s state budget. The current hearing agenda is:
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Details of the new plan are still being discussed.
Upper St. Clair athletics and administrative positions are on the chopping block as district directors work to balance the budget. “This is the most difficult budget year that I have encountered,” said Superintendent Patrick O’ Toole. “In my experience, schools have never had a revenue reduction from the state, nor have we faced a cost escalator as ominous as the Public School Employees Retirement System projections.” To close the gap, school officials are changing the way youth sports are offered in the district, after recently approving nearly $2 million worth of upgrades to middle school athletic fields. “We are planning to offer sports under a different model that will reduce costs for transportation, coaches…and possibly require a fee…
The Community College of Allegheny County imposes a hiring freeze and increases tuition, anticipating cuts in Gov. Tom Corbett's proposed budget.
At the Community College of Allegheny County, cuts to higher education included in Gov. Tom Corbett’s proposed budget have forced officials to look for ways balance their books without jeopardizing the education students receive—or how much they pay for it. Under Corbett’s budget proposal, community colleges such as CCAC would receive a 10 percent cut in funding from the state. And while state officials are still negotiating the budget, community colleges have little reason to believe their situation will improve, according to David Hoovler, executive assistant to the president at CCAC. “The state-related universities and state-supported universities were originally facing a 50-percent cut,” Hoovler said. “It’s not looking terribly likely…
Friday, April 29, 2011
District deficit expected to reach $12 million by 2015 and affect programming.
A routine school board meeting this week took a sobering turn when district directors viewed long-term projections that showed more than $12 million worth of debt accumulated in Upper St. Clair during the next four years. The estimated $789,000 debt in the 2011-12 preliminary budget is expected to leap to $6.2 million in 2012-13 and steadily climb each year to reach $12.3 million in 2015-16. “This is a real problem all districts are facing,” Superintendent Patrick O’Toole said. It’s a problem that will also affect educational programming in the Upper St. Clair School District, administrators said. The numbers are “staggering,” said Sharon Suritsky, assistant to the superintendent for curriculum and instruction/supervisor of special …
Sunday, April 10, 2011
The Community College of Allegheny County announced on Thursday it will immediately put a hiring freeze on administrative positions and eliminate all unnecessary expenditures to prepare for possible state budget cuts.
The Community College of Allegheny County is tightening its budget for the remainder of the fiscal year, but college officials say the effects shouldn’t be seen in the classroom. In anticipation of Gov. Tom Corbett’s proposed 2011-2012 state budget cuts, the community college will immediately place a hiring freeze on administrative positions and eliminate all non-essential expenditures, according to an official statement released by CCAC on Thursday. The freeze will not extend to instructional expenses or impact the hire of faculty. It will include administrative, non-union positions funded by the college’s regular budget, the statement said. “Any expenses related to students are essential and they will not be affected,” said David Hoovler…