transparency en Peduto and Staff to Participate in Reddit 'Ask Me Anything' Forum Thursday <p>From pension plans to Act 47 and dog parks to bike lanes – many Pittsburghers have questions about the future of the city and Mayor Bill Peduto and his staff hope to have the answers.</p><p>That’s why he is taking to popular social media forum Reddit Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for the city’s first “Mayor’s Night On(line).”</p><p>Peduto has used Reddit in the past to connect to the community – especially while campaigning – but this is the first time he’s done so as mayor, and this time he’s doing it differently.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:04:09 +0000 Jessica Nath 32714 at Five Years After A Major Change, How Open Is Pennsylvania's Open Records Law? <p>Five years ago, Pennsylvania’s open records law was changed with the promise of ensuring more information would be more easily available to the public.</p><p>Records requests have gone up, and the new law is seen, overall, as a positive for the commonwealth, but open records officials and some people who use the law see room for improvement.&nbsp;</p><p>Before the change in the open records law, all records were presumed closed unless the requester could prove why they should be open. Now, with the new law, all records are presumed open unless the requestee can prove otherwise. This has resulted in a spike in requests from across the commonwealth.</p><p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Deanna Garcia 25755 at Five Years After A Major Change, How Open Is Pennsylvania's Open Records Law? Lawmakers Urge Open Records Reforms for State-Related Universities <div id="leadership_content"><p>Pennsylvania's state-related universities have received mostly flat funding from the commonwealth for the second year running. With the struggle for their state aid long settled, some lawmakers are noting a tangential issue has been overshadowed: the level of transparency at the schools.</p> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 11:38:36 +0000 Mary Wilson 12488 at Report: Pennsylvania Fails When It Comes to Hospital Transparency <p>A new report out this week says Pennsylvania fails when it comes to making hospital fees transparent, resulting in patients not knowing what their hospital fees are until they are billed.</p><p>Pennsylvania, along with 28 other states, got an "F." Seven states got a "D." Only 2 states got an "A."</p><p>The report was compiled and released by The Catalyst for Payment Reform, a consortium of health care providers and the Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute, a nonprofit that works to improve the affordability and quality of health care.</p> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 19:36:55 +0000 Erika Beras 4097 at