Jim Ferlo http://wesa.fm en Ferlo Calls for Fracking Moratorium in PA http://wesa.fm/post/ferlo-calls-fracking-moratorium-pa <p>When lawmakers return to Harrisburg next week they will be faced with a new proposal to put a moratorium on new permits for hydraulic fracturing.&nbsp;</p><p>State Sen. Jim Ferlo (D-Allegheny) announced that he is introducing legislation during a news conference at the Allegheny County Courthouse Wednesday.</p><p>Senate Bill 1100 would also create a commission to analyze the agricultural, economic, environmental and social effects of Marcellus Shale drilling.</p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 18:41:24 +0000 Tim Camerato 16753 at http://wesa.fm Jim Ferlo 'Confident' No Wrongdoing at Urban Redevelopment Authority http://wesa.fm/post/jim-ferlo-confident-no-wrongdoing-urban-redevelopment-authority <p>State Sen. Jim Ferlo (D-Allegheny) doesn’t believe federal investigators will find anything substantial from documents they’ve subpoenaed last week from the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA).</p><p>Ferlo currently sits on the board of the URA.</p><p>The subpoena comes after board chairman Yarone Zober, and the mayor’s chief of staff, testified Tuesday before a federal grand jury believed to be investigating whether Mayor Luke Ravenstahl is involved in funding irregularities.</p><p>Ferlo said he’s not sure what investigators are looking to find.</p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 19:17:20 +0000 Mark Nootbaar & Tim Camerato 16509 at http://wesa.fm Hunt Armory Nominated as Historic Landmark http://wesa.fm/post/hunt-armory-nominated-historic-landmark <p>Nearly 20,000 people can pack the Consol Energy Center for events today, but more than 60 years ago, thousands jammed the Hunt Armory in Shadyside to listen to President Harry Truman.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“There was so many events, this was basically the public large gathering place for so many historic events and recreational and cultural events with the city, not unlike the Syria Mosque and the arena itself,” said state Sen. Jim </span>Ferlo<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> (D-Allegheny County).</span></p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 20:26:01 +0000 Jessica Nath 16430 at http://wesa.fm What's Next for Pennsylvania Transportation? http://wesa.fm/post/whats-next-pennsylvania-transportation <p></p><p>A version of the Pennsylvania transportation funding bill passed last week is <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/news/politics-state/pennsylvania-house-committee-readies-for-vote-on-amended-bill-for-roads-bridges-transit-692951/">expected to be voted on</a> in the State House of Representatives Tuesday.</p><p>But State Senator Jim Ferlo is concerned that the bill does not allocate enough money for infrastructure maintenance. He's also opposed to a provision that would allow partial privatization of select bus lines. State Senator Jim Ferlo talks about why he voted against the funding bill and legislation that would change the structure of the Port Authority of Allegheny County Transit board. Tue, 25 Jun 2013 00:10:54 +0000 Heather McClain 12021 at http://wesa.fm What's Next for Pennsylvania Transportation? Senate GOP Calls Its Alcohol Sales Plan A 'Starting Point' http://wesa.fm/post/senate-gop-calls-its-alcohol-sales-plan-starting-point <p>State Senate GOP leaders have presented a counter-offer to the state House's liquor privatization plan, though they admit they don't yet have the votes to pass it out of their chamber.<br> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 11:32:39 +0000 Mary Wilson 11707 at http://wesa.fm Senate's Last Liquor Hearing Comes with Spirited Debate http://wesa.fm/post/senates-last-liquor-hearing-comes-spirited-debate <p>Tempers flared at the third and final state Senate hearing focused on the governor's liquor privatization proposal and related plans to change the way alcohol is bought and sold in Pennsylvania.<br><br>By the end, the committee's chairman was barely closer to nailing down the details of a proposal, saying a final plan should allow Pennsylvanians to buy alcohol in "more places," while phasing out the state wine and spirits stores, and without necessarily getting rid of the state-owned wholesale system.<br> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 20:46:41 +0000 Mary Wilson 10775 at http://wesa.fm Ferlo Proposes Moratorium on Marcellus Shale Drilling http://wesa.fm/post/ferlo-proposes-moratorium-marcellus-shale-drilling <p>At a Harrisburg rally yesterday, there were petitions signed by 100,000 people for Gov. Tom Corbett, and State Sen. Jim Ferlo <span class="st">(D-Allegheny) </span>announced he will introduce legislation calling for a temporary moratorium on any new Marcellus Shale gas drilling. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 01 May 2013 20:40:17 +0000 Charlee Song 8826 at http://wesa.fm Ferlo, Four Unions Endorse Wagner for Mayor http://wesa.fm/post/ferlo-four-unions-endorse-wagner-mayor <p>Citing his long record of public service, a local state senator and four labor unions endorsed former Pennsylvania Auditor General Jack Wagner for the Pittsburgh mayoral race.<br><br>On the steps of the City-County Building on Grant Street Wednesday morning, State Sen. Jim Ferlo (D-Allegheny) announced his support for Wagner. Ferlo had filed nominating papers for the mayoral race but withdrew less than a week later.</p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 17:23:07 +0000 Noah Brode 6869 at http://wesa.fm Ferlo, Four Unions Endorse Wagner for Mayor Pittsburgh Starts Legal Battle with UPMC over Nonprofit Status http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-starts-legal-battle-upmc-over-nonprofit-status <p>Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced Wednesday the city will embark in a legal battle against the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's nonprofit status.<br><br>The Pennsylvania Supreme Court developed a nonprofit test as a result of the case Hospital Utilization Project v. Commonwealth. An organization must act within the following five "HUP" test parameters in order to be considered a purely public charity:<br><br>1. Advances a charitable purpose<br>2. Donates or renders gratuitously a substantial portion of its services Wed, 20 Mar 2013 19:15:46 +0000 Emily Farah 4169 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh Starts Legal Battle with UPMC over Nonprofit Status Could Pennsylvania Become a Single Payer State? http://wesa.fm/post/could-pennsylvania-become-single-payer-state <p>State Senator Jim Ferlo (D-Allegheny) is once again trying to convert Pennsylvania’s healthcare system to a single payer one. Ferlo said he will reintroduce legislation that failed to come up for a vote in 2009.</p><p>Titled the Pennsylvania Family and Business Healthcare Security Act of 2013, the legislation was drawn up with the help of the non-profit single payer advocacy group Healthcare 4 All PA.</p> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 20:09:44 +0000 Tim Camerato 4109 at http://wesa.fm Liquor Sales in PA: Modernize or Privatize? http://wesa.fm/post/liquor-sales-pa-modernize-or-privatize <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Many policy makers in the commonwealth are looking for ways to change the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. But not all agree on what changes need to be made. State Senator </span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Jim Ferlo</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> joins us to explain how he thinks the </span>PLCB<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> should be </span><a href="http://www.senatorferlo.com/ferlo-announces-25-co-sponsors-bipartisan-support-for-plcb-and-beer-sales-modernization-proposal" style="line-height: 1.5;">modernized</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. &nbsp;And </span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Matthew Brouillette</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, President and CEO of the public policy group, the Commonwealth Foundation explains his group's </span><a href="http://www.commonwealthfoundation.org/research/detail/principles-of-liquor-privatization" style="line-height: 1.5;">privatization </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">approach, which the Corbett administration is in favor of.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 02:16:36 +0000 Heather McClain 3454 at http://wesa.fm Liquor Sales in PA: Modernize or Privatize? Jim Ferlo Withdraws from Pittsburgh Mayoral Race http://wesa.fm/post/jim-ferlo-withdraws-pittsburgh-mayoral-race <p>Pennsylvania state Sen. Jim Ferlo (D-Allegheny) has announced that he is withdrawing from the race for Pittsburgh mayor.</p><p>Ferlo's decision comes three days after he filed his nominating petitions to get on the May 21 Democratic primary.</p><p>In a statement released Friday afternoon, Ferlo thanked supporters and acknowledged the challenge a mayoral run presented.</p> Fri, 15 Mar 2013 19:26:42 +0000 Kevin Gavin & Ryan Loew 3418 at http://wesa.fm Ferlo: Modernize, Don't Privatize Liquor Sales in PA http://wesa.fm/post/ferlo-modernize-dont-privatize-liquor-sales-pa <p>Just a day after the House Republican leader introduced another attempt to privatize liquor stores in Pennsylvania, a Pittsburgh area lawmaker has unveiled legislation to modernize, but not eliminate, the state store system in the commonwealth.</p> Sun, 10 Mar 2013 23:53:23 +0000 Kevin Gavin 2136 at http://wesa.fm Ferlo: Modernize, Don't Privatize Liquor Sales in PA http://wesa.fm/post/ferlo-modernize-dont-privatize-liquor-sales-pa-0 <p>Just a day after the House Republican leader introduced another attempt to privatize liquor stores in Pennsylvania, a Pittsburgh area lawmaker has unveiled legislation to modernize, but not eliminate, the state store system in the&nbsp;commonwealth.</p> Thu, 07 Mar 2013 17:11:09 +0000 Kevin Gavin 2188 at http://wesa.fm Ferlo: Modernize, Don't Privatize Liquor Sales in PA Hearings Begin on PA's $28.48B Budget http://wesa.fm/post/hearings-begin-pas-2848b-budget <p>Two weeks after Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett unveiled his $28.4 billion dollar budget proposal, state lawmakers are settling in for what could be a fight. Three weeks of House and Senate budget hearings began Tuesday in Harrisburg.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 20:20:44 +0000 Mary Wilson and 90.5 WESA Staff 1221 at http://wesa.fm