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

Calling out the Allegheny Conference

As ol’ Bobby Dylan sang a long time ago when he wore a younger man’s clothes, “The times, they are a-changin’.” And now the folk-pop adage a half-century ago appears to finally have caught up with the now mostly irrelevant … Continue reading