Policy Brief

Gaming options expand in Pennsylvania

Summary: Gaming revenues grew in 2019.  But it was due more to the expansion of gaming options than growth to the existing system. Sports wagering, fantasy contests, internet gaming and, soon, mini-casinos should continue the trend.  But is the commonwealth’s … Continue reading


Return of the Penn Hills tax hike?

Last week’s presentation of the 2020-21 preliminary budget for the Penn Hills School District is not likely to extend any new year’s cheer for taxpayers.  The current property tax millage of 28.66 mills could increase.  It might outstrip the Act … Continue reading

Colin McNickle at Large

Dollars & nonsense at PIT

The Allegheny County Airport Authority says passenger traffic increased by 1.2 percent in 2019 at Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT). That’s versus the 7.5 percent jump it reported for 2018. Authority CEO Christina Cassotis blames last year’s reduced growth on the … Continue reading