Policy Brief

PASSHE’s predicament

Summary: The 14-school Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) faces several predicaments.  As of the fall of 2019 PASSHE had lost 20 percent of its enrollment since the peak in 2010 (2020 enrollment not yet available) with several schools … Continue reading


Pittsburgh’s 2021 budget presentation will be delayed

Pittsburgh city council passed an ordinance last week that would waive the requirement for the preliminary operating and capital budget to be presented by Sept. 30.  This applies only to the 2021 budget year and was precipitated by the coronavirus … Continue reading

Colin McNickle at Large

PWSA fairies, Pittsburgh ‘flight’ & FNB’s ‘deal’

From the Department of Government Intervention to Cover Up the Lie of the Last Government Intervention: A pair of Pennsylvania state lawmakers, among others, are urging the state Public Utility Commission to reject a series of rate increases requested by … Continue reading