Want some breakfast? Plan to spend a little more on parking when you go.
1) Mayor Bill Peduto was able to hold off a wide expansion of parking enforcement hours when Pittsburgh City Council approved his $516.6 million budget on Monday. The initial plan was to add evening enforcement hours Downtown and in the South Side, a change that Mr. Peduto had opposed, both as a councilman and as mayor; the plan as adopted Monday forgoes evening enforcement Downtown and provides for dynamic parking – rates based on demand trends – in the South Side. The new plan does raise rates for on-street parking throughout the city.
2) The hot rumor of the Pennsylvania Society weekend was that recently ousted state Senate majority leader Dominic Pileggi was going to run for the state Supreme Court turned out to be only that – a rumor.
3) The relationship between state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale and the state Department of Education appears to be improving. Mr. DePasquale hammered the ed department earlier this month because he said the agency was dragging its feet in providing information related to his ongoing audit. But Mr. DePasquale told WITF in Harrisburg the department has since sped up its responses.
4) John Micek pointed us towards an interesting Politico story about the renewed debate in the Republican party over who is conservative-ish (in the current debate, that would be any GOPer who voted to adopt last weekend's spending plan) and who is truly conservative (that would be U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and his supporters).
5) It's not something that we can vote on but we'd imagine that politics abound in the annual selection of inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland – and even if that's not true, that's the justification we're using to congratulate a couple of our favorites, the late Lou Reed – punk's godfather -- and the late Stevie Ray Vaughan —the best guitarist we've ever seen-- on being named to the hall. Others in the Class of 2015? The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Green Day, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and Bill Withers.