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Colin McNickle

    Wed, January 17, 2018

    Demise of the ICA

    Government often acts in countervailing ways. As the convoluted case of future funding for Pittsburgh’s Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority illustrates, researchers at the Allegheny Institute ...

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    Wed, January 10, 2018

    Wintry Renewal

    “The nakedness and asperity of the wintery world always fill the beholder with pensive and profound astonishment,” wrote 18th-century English essayist Samuel Johnson.

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    Wed, January 10, 2018

    Difficult Road for Homestead Exclusion

    The Pennsylvania electorate voted last fall to allow for a 100 percent homestead exemption. But numerous hurdles remain that will make drafting enabling legislation tedious and difficult, say ...

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    Thu, January 04, 2018

    The Problem with PA's Economy

    Pennsylvania’s economic growth has fallen quite short of the national rate over the last year. Particularly troubling is the vast difference in the growth �" or lack of �" in the ...

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    Wed, December 13, 2017

    City Cooperation Key to Fixing PWSA

    The roots of the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority’s (PWSA) management and operational miasma are as deep as they are troubling. Which is a very sad commentary on the city’s elected and ...

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    Wed, December 06, 2017

    Pittsburgh's Minimum Wage Obsession

    A Peduto administration plan to require companies receiving professional contracts valued at $100,000 or more (and paid entirely with city funds) to pay their workers a $15 hourly minimum wage raises ...

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    Wed, November 29, 2017

    What Gaming Law 'Fix' Means

    How will the Pennsylvania Legislature’s Act 42 of 2017 affect how and what money local governments receive from respective gambling casinos? Let us count the ways.

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    Wed, November 15, 2017

    A New Day at the ICA

    Pittsburgh’s oft-criticized and once investigated financial oversight board appears to have overcome its past difficulties and is operating in a much-improved fashion, say researchers at the ...

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    Wed, November 08, 2017

    Improving Economy Means Higher Tax Collections

    While there are signs that Pennsylvania’s overall economy might be improving, the critical question is whether it’s growing fast enough to cover some less-than-optimum actions by state government ...

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    Wed, November 01, 2017

    PA's Embarrassing Teacher Pay Gap

    While Pennsylvania public education advocates and teacher unions constantly complain about inequities in school funding and the need for ever more money, the president of the Allegheny Institute for ...

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    Wed, October 25, 2017

    Funding PA's Public Schools

    Some of those advocating for the “equalization” of local and state public education funding in Pennsylvania might want to be careful what they wish for, say scholars at the Allegheny Institute ...

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    Wed, October 18, 2017

    'Anemic' Defines Greater Pittsburgh's Economy

    There are few reasons to boast about the economy of Greater Pittsburgh, the president of the Allegheny Institute for Public Policy says. In fact, the statistics are strikingly anemic.

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    Wed, October 11, 2017

    Reforming Public School Funding

    Should Pennsylvania increase its level of funding for public school districts so that less wealthy districts with low property values are on par with high property wealth districts?

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    Wed, October 04, 2017

    Is $1.1 Billion Pittsburgh Airport Upgrade Justified?

    There are myriad economic unknowns that raise serious questions about the efficacy of spending $1.1 billion to reconfigure Pittsburgh International Airport, say scholars at the Allegheny Institute ...

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    Wed, September 27, 2017

    Report on PA State System Schools Falls Short

    A management consultant’s study on how to rescue the badly flagging Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education itself is fraught with deficiencies that fail to address the system’s core ...

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    Mon, September 18, 2017

    PA's Destructive Budget Machinations

    Oh, what a tangled and fiscally risky web is woven when tax dollars meant to be spent on one thing are diverted to other things, scholars at the Allegheny Institute for Public Policy say.

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    Wed, September 06, 2017

    Severance Tax No Panacea for Budget Woes

    Pennsylvania legislators looking to impose higher taxes on shale gas extraction under the guise of substantively closing the commonwealth’s multibillion-dollar budget shortfall should look ...

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    Wed, August 23, 2017

    Behind Shale Gas Impact Fee Slide

    The five-year-old impact fee on shale gas wells in Pennsylvania has done what it was intended to do, researchers at the Allegheny Institute for Public Policy say. That would be to not only benefit ...

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    Fri, August 18, 2017

    Stadium Authority Extension Bad Public Policy

    The rationale for extending the life of the Pittsburgh Stadium Authority does not even rise to the level of flimsy, researchers at the Allegheny Institute for Public Policy argue.

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    Fri, August 11, 2017

    Pesky Issues Dog Port Authority

    Recent developments regarding the Port Authority of Allegheny County put the mass-transit agency’s management and operations in a very unbecoming light, say scholars at the Allegheny Institute for ...

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    Wed, August 02, 2017

    Hazards in School Loan Forgiveness Plan

    A Pittsburgh City Council entreaty to the commonwealth to create a statewide program that would retire a portion or all of a person’s outstanding college loans when they buy a home is fraught with ...

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    Mon, July 31, 2017

    PA Senate's Budget Farce

    More than half a billion dollars in new taxes, including a double nose-thumbing to one of the commonwealth’s leading economic growth engines and, not to forget, a most dubious borrowing ...

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    Wed, February 08, 2017

    Wolf Budget Wrong RX for PA

    It was contrarian economist Murray Rothbard who famously quipped that while deficits always are pernicious, "curing them by raising taxes is equivalent to curing an illness by shooting the ...

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    Wed, December 21, 2016

    Here is Why We Should Ban Teacher Strikes in PA

    What a deal.

    When Pennsylvania teachers go on strike -- that is, refuse to work because they disagree with the terms of their employment -- they do not lose a day's ...

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