Policy Brief

Pittsburgh’s 2020 budget

Summary: The City of Pittsburgh’s preliminary 2020 operating and capital budgets were released at the end of September and will soon be presented to City Council.  Operating expenditures will top $600 million and capital expenditures will top $100 million. A … Continue reading


PPS’ budget grows

Based on the Pittsburgh Public Schools’ (PPS) preliminary general fund budget published this week, several items are on the rise in 2020.  Overall spending is one them, which will increase by 2.4 percent over this year and will stand at … Continue reading

Colin McNickle at Large

The URA’s ‘industrial policy’

Hubris and ignorance long have been the top two enemies of sound public policy. Sadly, tragically, they have joined forces in Pittsburgh’s Hill District. The Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (URA) will re-acquire the Centre Heldman Plaza, site of the … Continue reading