Colin McNickle

Colin McNickle
The Evergreen Case Against Prevailing Wage Laws
By Colin McNickle
The Allegheny Institute for Public Policy is reiterating its long-standing call for the state Legislature to repeal Pennsylvania’s Prevailing Wage ...
February 27, 2021
The Wrong Rx for Pennsylvania's Post-pandemic Recovery
By Colin McNickle
The coronavirus pandemic hammered Pennsylvania’s economy in 2020. But the key to economic recovery -- once a more predictable regimen ...
February 13, 2021
The Daunting Task of Reshaping Pennsylvania’s System of Higher Education
By Colin McNickle
The enrollment and financial woes of the State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) are well known. And fixing the mess ...
December 19, 2020
Right-to-work States’ Jobs Fare Better in Pandemic
By Colin McNickle
Right-to-work (RTW) laws perennially have been tied to the whipping post erected by organized labor and flogged for everything from ...
October 24, 2020
The American Lung Association’s Continuing Scientific Malpractice
By Colin McNickle
“Disingenuous and misleading.” That’s how a researcher at the Allegheny Institute for Public Policy characterizes the American Lung Association’s continual ...
June 27, 2020
Addressing Pennsylvania's 'Lasting Economic Scars’
By Colin McNickle
Pennsylvania’s general fund coffers took a major hit because of the coronavirus pandemic lockdown. But the full scope might not ...
June 20, 2020
Pittsburgh’s Road Out of the Coronavirus Downturn
By Colin McNickle
Wrestling with a serious coronavirus-induced revenue shortfall, the City of Pittsburgh must cut spending and cannot afford to raise taxes, ...
May 02, 2020
Pittsburgh’s Office Vacancy Canary
By Colin McNickle
Whether it represents the proverbial canary in the coal mine indeed is arguable but Pittsburgh’s flagging occupancy rate for class ...
April 04, 2020
The Black Market Is the Real Problem With Vaping
By Colin McNickle
Vox’s headline on its story two weeks ago said President Trump canceled his plan to pull flavored e-cigarettes from the ...
December 02, 2019
Just Say No to Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative
By Colin McNickle
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) passes neither the sniff test nor basic ...
October 12, 2019
‘Statistical Malpractice’: The American Lung Association's Attack on Pittsburgh
By Colin McNickle
The American Lung Association (ALA) has revived its smear campaign against the Pittsburgh region’s air quality with the release of ...
May 18, 2019
Dubious Prescription: Wolf’s Teacher Pay Raise Plan
By Colin McNickle
A proposal in Gov. Tom Wolf’s fiscal 2020 budget to raise the minimum wage for Pennsylvania’s public school teachers and ...
March 07, 2019
‘Not Encouraging’: 2018 PSSA Results
By Colin McNickle
Scores for the 2018 Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) tests have been posted. But the latest results are not ...
December 22, 2018
The Failure of Subsidized Airlines in Pittsburgh
By Colin McNickle
Will the Allegheny County Airport Authority learn from its embarrassing 2018 failures to command the air-services marketplace at Pittsburgh International ...
December 07, 2018
The School District Consolidation Question
By Colin McNickle
Indeed, there can be concrete benefits to consolidating local school districts in Pennsylvania. But operational concerns – contractual, economic and, ...
October 20, 2018
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