Allegheny Institute for Public Policy http://wesa.fm en Conservative Think Tank Offers Tips for New Pittsburgh Mayor http://wesa.fm/post/conservative-think-tank-offers-tips-new-pittsburgh-mayor <p>In 2005 and again in 2009, the Allegheny Institute for Public Policy, a conservative think tank, put together a list of recommendations for Pittsburgh’s new Mayor. With Mayor-Elect Bill Peduto set to take the reins in 2014, those <a href="http://www.alleghenyinstitute.org/recommended-action-steps-incoming-mayor/">recommendations</a> have been updated and re-released.</p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 08:30:00 +0000 Deanna Garcia 21471 at http://wesa.fm Making Promises the City Can Keep http://wesa.fm/post/making-promises-city-can-keep <p>The <a href="http://pittsburghpromise.org/about.php">Pittsburgh Promise</a> has been providing scholarships to Pittsburgh public school students since 2008. They've pledged to promote the development of neighborhoods, city school reform, and give city students access and opportunities to attend a higher education institution.</p><p>Five years since its inception, the first batch of Promise recipients are graduating from their respective colleges and universities, and <a href="http://triblive.com/opinion/featuredcommentary/4364873-74/promise-pittsburgh-schools#axzz2ZmIvJfJy">many critics are argue </a>that the program has not been effective. Saleem Ghubril, Executive Director of the Pittsburgh Promise maintains that the scholarship program is helping hundreds of students succeed after high school, while Jake Haulk, President of the <a href="http://www.alleghenyinstitute.org">Allegheny Institute for Public Policy</a>, asserts that little has been done to improve the quality of the public schools. He says students are not receiving a sufficient education upon high school graduation.</p><p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 20:53:52 +0000 Katherine Blackley 13816 at http://wesa.fm Making Promises the City Can Keep Is the Pittsburgh Promise Delivering? http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-promise-delivering <p>A recent policy brief from conservative think tank <a href="http://www.alleghenyinstitute.org/index.php">Allegheny Institute for Public Policy</a> states that the <a href="http://pittsburghpromise.org/">Pittsburgh Promise</a> is falling well short of its goals, and that its mission should be completely re-focused. But this isn’t the first time the Allegheny Institute has taken on the Pittsburgh Promise.</p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 11:10:06 +0000 Deanna Garcia 13615 at http://wesa.fm Policy Group Tells State to Evaluate Subsidizing AMTRAK http://wesa.fm/post/policy-group-tells-state-evaluate-subsidizing-amtrak-0 <div class="field-item even"><p> A local public policy group is asking the commonwealth to ask some hard questions before subsidizing AMTRAK's ride from Pittsburgh to Harrisburg on a train called <em>The Pennsylvanian</em>.&nbsp;</p><p class="p2">The passenger rail train service has lost some federal funds, and is now looking to Pennsylvania for $5.7&nbsp;million.</p> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 14:29:27 +0000 Emily Farah 2481 at http://wesa.fm Policy Group Tells State to Evaluate Subsidizing AMTRAK