Policy Brief

  • Pittsburgh Metro’s December jobs report disappointing

    Summary: The latest employment figures for the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) is once again disappointing.  The area’s total private job gains fail not only to match the national growth rate, but also the growth rates of comparable metros.  _____________________________________________________________________ … Continue reading


  • Governor’s proposal for basic education

    The 2019-20 proposed state budget for Pennsylvania would spend $6.5 billion on basic education.  This year, basic education consists of $5.5 billion distributed to districts under the “hold harmless” method and $538 million–all new basic education money from the 2015-16 … Continue reading

Colin McNickle at Large

  • Notes on the state of things

    Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s push to increase the state minimum wage in excess of 100 percent “is facing a rocky road,” reports The Associated Press. And with good reason. As the AP also reports, the state’s Independent Fiscal Office concludes … Continue reading