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


  • County Budget Hearings Begin This Week

    Allegheny County Council will begin holding public hearings this week for the proposed 2017 County budget.  Presentations will be made by row officers, courts, operating departments, and on allocations to independent agencies like the Port Authority. In the $1.9 billion 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