Policy Brief

  • Symphony Orchestra Travails Come to Pittsburgh

    For quite some time symphony orchestras across the country have been dealing with problems of falling attendance and financial difficulties.  Several have filed for bankruptcy; some have suffered musician strikes; some have been somewhat successful at increasing endowment funding; others … Continue reading


  • Pennsylvania’s Labor Data Stagnant

    The State Department of Labor and Industry released the labor data for September and the results are not encouraging.  The seasonally adjusted household data shows that the unemployment rate remained constant from August at 5.7 percent.  However, the change in … Continue reading

Colin McNickle at Large

  • Around the Public Policy Horn

    Gubernatorial spokesman Jeffrey Sheridan says Gov. Tom Wolf supports legislation that offers more clear-cut guidelines for ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft.   Government officials “should be finding ways to help these companies grow across the commonwealth,” Sheridan said. … Continue reading