Policy Brief

  • WOW, what a turn of events at PIT

    Summary: Bad news continues to come for Pittsburgh International Airport in 2018—from airlines not meeting expectations or others canceling flights or ceasing operations.  The common thread for these events is the presence of subsidies which were offered that distort the … Continue reading


  • Long road ahead in school funding case

    A trial in the case of William Penn School District v. Pennsylvania Department of Education has been tentatively scheduled for the summer of 2020.  A lawsuit over K-12 school funding provided by the state was filed by six school districts … Continue reading

Colin McNickle at Large

  • The Airport Authority mess grows (again)

    It was revealed a year ago that the state Legislature had re-upped a provision that redirects $12.4 million annually in state gambling proceeds – that is, gamblers’ losses – to the Allegheny County Airport Authority. The authority had been receiving … Continue reading