Policy Brief

Did DCED recover money from a bankrupt company?

Summary: Policy Brief Vol. 17, No. 19 discussed a company that received state economic development subsidies but later filed for bankruptcy.  The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) said it would try to recover the money.  Four years … Continue reading

Colin McNickle at Large

Daft talk of U.S. Steel subsidies

U.S. Steel’s announcement that it now will not invest $1.5 billion to upgrade its Mon Valley Works certainly rocked the region. Indeed, the loosely stated reason for the pullback is hard to square. In a clearly contradictory scenario, the steel … 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