Policy Brief

  • Act 47 in Pittsburgh: What Was Accomplished?

    Summary: Pittsburgh has been officially removed from Act 47 municipal financial distressed status, a designation that lasted from December 29, 2003 to February 12, 2018, just over 14 years. As described by the purpose and legislative intent of the 1987 … Continue reading


Colin McNickle at Large

  • The cost of doing business

    Actions have consequences, of course. And too often, government embarks on the former with little or no regard for the latter. Take, for instance, the City of Pittsburgh’s move to increase its realty transfer tax. Commonly referred to as “the … Continue reading