In one of the first campaign ads of his reelection bid, Gov. Tom Wolf takes aim at a familiar target: Pennsylvania’s lack of a severance tax on natural gas produced here. In the video, Wolf, who has long called for a severance tax in Pennsylvania, says because of successful lobbying efforts against such proposals, Pennsylvania is the “only state in the country not to tax [gas] drillers.” But is that true? In our latest fact check, we examine Wolf’s claim, what the gas industry pays already and what’s done in other states. We found a mixed bag and a less-crystalized picture than that portrayed in Wolf’s ad. See where that landed this statement on the PolitiFact Truth-o-Meter.
Now that he's in his second term, Mayor Bill Peduto has started to relax. You can see it in the quips and dry humor he has on Twitter and IRL. A self-described introvert, Peduto said he's grown into the role of mayor and is more comfortable in crowds and at events than in the past. And yes, it's really him behind his Twitter account. Take a look for yourself.
This year is the third year for the citywide Inclusive Innovation Week, filled with events from panels to a dance party that all focus on inclusion and access. The week starts Monday and goes through Sunday, April 8. Events are free, but some are limited due to space, so take a look at the calendar now and plan your week. Here are seven events you can't miss.
If you can't spend spring break in a tropical location, transport yourself through art at The Warhol's Spring Break Free Days. The museum is open for free all day until 10 p.m.
Where: The Andy Warhol Museum at 117 Sandusky St. (North Side)
When: March 30, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: Free
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Grazing goats and their protective donkey, Hobo, will likely be back working — that is eating in city parks this year. City Council will take a final vote next week on permitting the goals to graze on weeds and brush on city property for five years, reported TribLive. Not only are the goats effective landscapers, but they "work all hours of the day and night.”
Forget the marathon relay, a new relay race from P3R (the organizers of the Pittsburgh Marathon), is a 150 mile run from Cumberland, Md. to Pittsburgh, WESA reported. The new Great Allegheny Passage Relay is Oct. 12 and 13. Teams of eight or four will run over 48 hours, stopping for breaks in the team van that follows. Get ready for a scenic course, and start training ASAP.