Pittsburgh has $2 million to spend on early education. How it factors into universal pre-K goals and why a spending plan took 14 months.

Fourteen months ago, Pittsburgh City Council set aside $2 million to support early childhood education in the city. On Tuesday, officials introduced a plan for how the money can be spent. What exactly will the pot of money provide? Why did it take this long to come up with a plan? And how does it factor into the city’s goal of universal pre-K, where all families would have access to high-quality preschool?

People walking in front of the city county building downtown Pittsburgh.

City of Pittsburgh faces three legal cases stemming from attempt to cut six longtime employees from the 2018 budget

Six longtime, mid-level employees of the City of Pittsburgh were informed their positions were set to be eliminated from the 2018 budget. According to legal documents and sources, the employees’ respective supervisors called them in for meetings in September 2017 to tell them they wouldn’t have jobs in the new year and asked them to not tell anyone.

The City-County building. (Photo by Kat Procyk/PublicSource).

When Pittsburgh and Allegheny County ‘piggyback’ on contracts, are taxpayers getting the best deal?

Piggybacking can save governments money and time by allowing them to bypass the sometimes protracted steps of negotiation and approvals. But, according to some critics, with fewer checks and balances built in, piggybacking contracts make it difficult to know if local governments are getting good deals and if they are being responsible stewards of taxpayer money. Critics also say the practice can open up governments to fraud.