Policy Brief

Coronavirus’ impact on school district tax revenue

Summary: School districts have been closed since March due to the coronavirus and were permitted to reopen on July 1 after approval of a health and safety plan.  July 1 was the start of the fiscal year for most districts … Continue reading


Coronavirus and 2020 local budgets: Allegheny County

Compared to the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County has a larger operating budget of $959.8 million.  The county property tax is budgeted to raise $382.4 million (40 percent) of total revenues.   Property taxes are deposited into the general fund and … Continue reading

Colin McNickle at Large

‘When the fox preaches … ‘

We have cautioned numerous times since the coronavirus changed life as we knew it that “progressive” opportunists would exploit the pandemic to either cover for pre-pandemic nonfeasance or to push agendas not in the public’s best interest. To wit, and … Continue reading