Allegheny Institute News

SEPTA’s alteration of retiree benefits may be questionable

Leaders of the commonwealth’s Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority (SEPTA) are counting on changes impacting non-union employees to save $183 million in 2016 and raise the currently 60-percent-funded pension fund ratio.

Pittsburgh's auditor general releases report on Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority

Following Auditor General Eugene DePasquale’s completed audit of the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority as requested by the Mayor of Pittsburgh, Allegheny Institute for Public Policy has raised issues regarding the office’s proposed fiscal solutions for Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh’s minimum wage position prompts puzzlement

The recent executive order in Pittsburgh by Mayor William Peduto — raising the minimum wage for municipal employees to $15 by 2021 and impacting approximately 300 workers — includes language indicating that non-compliance would result in penalties.

US Steel shies away from Lower Hill redevelopment

The Allegheny Institute recently revealed a gaping hole in plans for Lower Hill’s redevelopment as US Steel withdrew from its previous commitment to relocate to the vacant 28-acre site, once home to the Civic Arena.

Allegheny Institute discusses Pennsylvania budget impasse

The Allegheny Institute recently commented that despite the commonwealth’s months-long financial gridlock, an enduring calm prevails, resulting from lack of consequences to critical government functions plus billions in expenditures not attached to the general fund.

Allegheny Institute supports Ross Township's pension change model

Ross Township has decided to place all new non-unionized hires into a defined contribution plan; the township will offer to do the same in collective bargaining with its public works employees in the near future.

Allegheny Institute offers alternatives to Pennsylvania tax rate increases

Many alternatives to tax rate increases already in use by other states could be adopted by Pennsylvania, the Allegheny Institute for Public Policy recently said, especially if special interest and government groups stop exerting undue influence. The Tax Foundation ranked the commonwealth weakly in several aspects of business taxation.

Allegheny Institute advises skepticism in interpreting PA jobs report

Public policy group points out statistical disparities between counties in July employment data

Allegheny Institute says county should be allowed to audit SEA

Sports and Exhibition Authority asks judge to prevent audit by Allegheny county controller

Allegheny Institute blasts sick leave bill is 'hubris at its worst'

Organization chides Pittsburgh's leaders for lack of perspective on issue.

Allegheny group analyzes plan to tax short-term home rentals like hotels

Short-term home rentals may soon be subjected to a traditional-style hotel tax for those utilizing AirBnB or similar services, the Allegheny Institute said on Friday. The institute said rentals booked via electronic means may be subject to Allegheny County’s 7 percent hotel-occupancy tax despite the fact that the transactions involve private homes.

Allegheny Institute: 'Tinkering with funding formula' won't fix schools

Based on views among teachers’ unions, the governor, the education establishment and their supporters in the General Assembly, the top issue facing Pennsylvania public education is inadequate, unfair school funding, the Allegheny Institute said on Thursday.

Allegheny Institute analyzes property tax relief bill

Having obtained data outlining the impact of homestead exemptions, the Allegheny Institute for Public Policy (AIPP) commented Thursday on the newest House legislation that would reduce school property taxes by increasing income and sales taxes.

Allegheny Institute chief: Minimum-wage hike 'not a free ride'

While Pennsylvania considers raising the minimum wage, some groups are raising questions about the effect that doing so would have on the state's economy. A recent study by the Keystone Research Center projected that raising the minimum wage to $10.10 would raise wages for 1.2 million Pennsylvanians and increase consumer spending by $1.8 billion, creating 6,000 jobs.

Allegheny Institute: Severance tax would threaten industry's health

The Allegheny Institute for Public Policy recently criticized a proposed severance tax in an editorial posted last week on its website, in which the institute raised several inquiries about the motivations behind and efficacy of the newly proposed legislation.

Allegheny Institute takes issue with Wolf's budget plan

The nonprofit Allegheny Institute for Public Policy expressed skepticism on Tuesday concerning some of the specific proposals in Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget plan. Noting that proposed changes include creating a tax on the shale industry, slashing the corporate income tax,  revising liquor laws, funding green energy projects with bonds, raising the minimum wage to $10 per hour, revising and expanding health care, providing property tax relief via income tax revenue, and increasing sales, income and to

Wolf calls for 5 percent severance tax, flat fee on drillers

Gov. Tom Wolf proposed a 5 percent severance tax on natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale on Tuesday -- fulfilling a promise he made during the campaign.

Slot machine revenue slide continues in 2014

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has released the 2014 earnings report from casinos in the state on Thursday, reporting revenue of approximately $2.32 billion from slot machines, yet another slide.

Allegheny controller seeks legal authority to audit SEA

Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner said recently that she wants to perform an audit on the city/county-owned Sports and Exhibition Authority (SEA) to review its distribution of tickets to events at the venues.

State fuel tax keeps gasoline prices well above national average

Fuel taxes in Pennsylvania rose again when the clock struck midnight on Jan. 1, and 2015 began.

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