TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JULY 29TH, 2021

Democratic Congressman Conor Lamb is expected to seek the Democratic nomination to run for U.S. Senate to succeed retiring GOP Senator Patrick Toomey.  Lamb is expected to make his announcement at an event August 6th at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Hall in Pittsburgh.  Lamb would join a field already packed with Democrats such as Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman and state Representatives Malcolm Kenyatta and Val Arkoosh.

Restaurants across the state are still having a hard time getting back on their feet. Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association officials say establishments are struggling to hire workers, suffering from debt incurred during the crisis and facing rising food prices and shortages. They added that operators have expressed to them that the current workforce challenge is ten times worse than it was even before the pandemic. Many have attributed the shortage to people being lazy or taking advantage of unemployment benefits, but some lawmakers say it’s due to wage shortages, lack of benefits, transportation shortages and childcare shortages.

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center is about to have new leadership.  Executive Vice-President Leslie Davis will take the chief role at UPMC on Sunday with the retirement of Jeffrey Romoff.  Romoff’s departure was announced on Wednesday.  He will remain on as president-emeritus of UPMC until October 1st as Davis transitions into her new post.

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is proposing a change to trout season.  It gave preliminary approval to establish a single statewide opening day, which would be on the first Saturday in April. The commission says most anglers prefer moving it to one date.  If approved, the change would start next year.