May 28, 2021
Allegheny County’s Hotel Tax Fell Sharply in 2020
2020 was a bad year for the hospitality industry, nationally and locally. Events were postponed or canceled and business and leisure travel was curtailed. As a result, bookings...
May 7, 2021
Did DCED Recover Money From a Bankrupt Company?
In 2017, Aquion, a company that manufactured renewable energy batteries and received state economic development subsidies, filed for bankruptcy. Pennsylvania Department of...
Apr 22, 2021
Reviewing Allegheny County’s 2020 Finances
Monthly revenue and expenditure reports from the Allegheny County Controller’s Office show that in 2020, the county collected $900.1 million in revenue and spent $885.8...
Apr 9, 2021
Government-Mandated Sick Leave in Allegheny County Is Still a Bad Idea
An ordinance passed by Allegheny County Council on March 9 would have imposed a paid sick leave mandate on businesses in Allegheny County with 26 or more employees. The ordinance was...
Mar 19, 2021
Reviewing Pittsburgh’s 2020 Finances
Monthly revenue and expenditure reports from the Pittsburgh City Controller’s office show that the city collected $551.6 million in revenue and spent $596.3 million—a...
Feb 19, 2021
Recent Developments for Allegheny County’s Retirement System
This month marks seven years since pension reforms for Allegheny County’s Retirement System took effect. These reforms included lengthening the vesting and final average...
Jan 7, 2021
Big Issues Still Front and Center for Pittsburgh Public Schools
Pittsburgh Public Schools’ (PPS) board of directors approved a 2021 general fund budget that spends more than it collects in revenue ($673.8 million to $631.9 million). By...
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