Policy Brief


  • Is Transfer Tax Proposal Dead?

    Earlier this week it was reported that after a hearing on the proposed increase to the City’s realty transfer tax that there are not enough votes to pass the measure.  Recall that the City’s Affordable Housing Task Force proposed creating … Continue reading

Colin McNickle at Large

  • Weekend essay: Cicada signs

    The “sign” has returned – those seasonal cicadas. The first few could be heard the other night while lounging on the front-porch glider. There was that telltale cross between a click-click-click-click, a chirp-chirp-chirp-chirp and late Pittsburgh Mayor Sophie Masloff, imitating … Continue reading