Policy Brief

  • Can DCED Recover Money from a Bankrupt Company?

    Summary: Aquion, a recipient of state tax incentives by promising to create hundreds of new jobs, recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.  Comments from the state’s Department of Economic and Community Development (DCED), which handles these incentives, indicate the state … Continue reading


  • Is Property Tax Shift Dead?

    At a forum held this week in the Fox Chapel School District a member of the state Senate said “right now the bill is dead” referring to the proposal to eliminate school property taxes by increasing sales and personal income … Continue reading

Colin McNickle at Large

  • Weekend essay: Working spring

    It’s opening week, so to speak — that very special time when spring finally feels fully engaged and the itch overwhelms to get things done. Between the raindrops that are not expected to produce a washout, the windows will be … Continue reading