Saturday, June 6, 2009
Local and state government officials disagree over why a proposed merger of the city of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County has stalled. Fourteen months ago Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and County Executive Dan Onorato called for the consolidation with the other 129 municipalities in the county remaining independent. About 200 people attended a forum in Pittsburgh yesterday to hear why the idea has not moved forward. Onorato said the city and county need the General Assembly to pass legislation allowing for local voters to cast ballots on a merger. Onorato said he would write the bill but state lawmakers don't want him and Ravenstahl doing their jobs. Some state lawmakers told the forum that local officials aren't ready.