Policy Brief

Pennsylvania’s unheralded benefit from shale gas production

Summary: Over the years opponents of shale gas drilling have debated its economic benefits, yet recent evidence suggests it still provides considerable value to the commonwealth. In 2013 Policy Brief Vol. 13, No. 27 demonstrated that royalty income had financially … Continue reading

Colin McNickle at Large

False prophets delivering false profits

“Gov. Wolf praises Biden administration’s bold infrastructure plan,” read the headline atop the gubernatorial news release this month. “It’s critical. It’s important. We’re moving forward,” said Allegheny County Chief Executive Rich Fitzgerald of the multitrillion-dollar proposal. “(F)or us to continue … Continue reading


Pittsburgh’s proposed 2021 budget

The mayor of Pittsburgh delivered the state of the city message and presented the 2021 operating and capital budgets to City Council on Nov. 9. The proposed operating budget will have $569.9 million in total revenues, $563.7 million in total … Continue reading