Policy Brief

Comparing private-sector employment by state during Covid impacts

Summary: Covid-19 caused deep retrenchment in the 2020 U.S. economy with effects starting to be felt in the second half of March. However, the impact on official employment data (other than unemployment claims) was not validated until April numbers were … Continue reading


Allegheny County’s 2021 proposed budget

Allegheny County’s 2021 fiscal plan was introduced to County Council on Oct.6.  The plan consists of operating, capital, grants and special accounts budgets for the fiscal year that begins Jan. 1, 2021. The $942 million operating budget accounts for most … Continue reading

Colin McNickle at Large

Cheapening free-market capitalism

Could two state governments’ forced taxpayer “investment” in the shale gas-fueled petrochemical industry go bust? It is neither an unreasonable nor facetious postulation given depressed coronavirus market conditions that could go on for some time and social pushes to drastically … Continue reading