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


  • Monroeville Taxes Look to Remain Same

    The Municipality of Monroeville expects to keep its 2017 real estate millage flat at 4 mills for the coming year.  Recall that in 2013 Monroeville increased taxes under the procedures stipulated in Act 71 since that was a year of … 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