Policy Brief

Reviewing Allegheny County’s 2020 finances

Summary: Monthly revenue and expenditure reports from the Allegheny County Controller’s Office show that in 2020 the county collected $900.1 million in revenue and spent $885.8 million—a positive result of $14.3 million.  Official audited results will be made clear when … Continue reading

Colin McNickle at Large

So much for ‘socio-H2O justice’

A letter to the editor in the Post-Gazette bemoans what it considers to be Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto’s “reversal” regarding “public-private partnerships” in the delivery of municipal services. After all, the letter writer notes: “In 2019, Mr. Peduto signed a … 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