Category Archives: Pittsburgh / SW Region

Allegheny Executive Race Focuses on Taxes

I wish they’d focus on something other than taxes, which are always going to be a part of government. What we do with that tax revenue is what should be focused on. Where are the jobs, candidates? The candidates in … More after the jump

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UPMC/Highmark Fight Could Mean Lower Prices for Healthcare

Turns out competition is good: Health economists and insurance brokers say forcing consumers to choose between UPMC and the new Highmark Inc.-West Penn Allegheny Health System alliance could produce more competition, and better value for both the patients and the … More after the jump

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Pittsburgh Named One of Nation’s Least Diverse Regions

I’m not often surprised by this sort of thing, but this actually does surprise me. I thought it was just an old wives’ tale that Pittsburgh wasn’t diverse. A new Brookings Institution report released last week, examining 2010 census data … More after the jump

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Pittsburgh Schools to Lay Off 30 More Employees

We’re not sure how school districts these days are keeping the lights on, the buildings maintained, and the kids educated, but the latest news out of Pittsburgh is yet another round of layoffs at the city’s public schools. The board … More after the jump

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Proposal to Close 7 Pittsburgh Schools Met With Yawns

What if you went to close schools and nobody cared? That’s pretty much what happened in Pittsburgh this week: A proposal to close seven city schools failed to generate much reaction Monday evening at the first public hearing on the … More after the jump

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Fracking Company Files Suit Protesting Restrictive Law

With Governor Corbett in the pocket of the shale fracking companies, municipalities across the commonwealth are taking matters into their own hands by passing local ordinances restricting fracking within their borders. South Fayette has just such an ordinance, but now … More after the jump

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Allegheny Exec Race Starts to Heat Up

Rich Fitzgerald and D. Raja (who apparently has no first name) are going at it like cats and dogs out in Allegheny County. The two candidates, running for county executive, are both on the attack. Fitzgerald is hitting Raja on … More after the jump

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Pittsburgh Cancels Bond Refinance Over Debt Ceiling

Wondering how the debt ceiling debate affects you? Consider the situation in Pittsburgh, where the city’s finance director just cancelled the refinance of $97 million in bonds, which would have saved the city $3 million at a time of financial … More after the jump

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Pittsburgh Schools Look to Make More Budget Cuts

If you had any question that the budget cuts to education would hurt local students, we hope our posts by now have convinced you otherwise. But if you’re not convinced, today you can look to Pittsburgh’s public schools, which are … More after the jump

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Allegheny County Short $15 Million in Corbett Budget

Allegheny County will make additional cuts and dip into its hotel tax accounts to cover a $15 million shortfall created by Governor Corbett’s budget. The cuts will come from the community college system and possibly from mental health services.

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