Hagiography Watch: The Next Pittsburgh
also NYT goes into the nitty gritty: Pittsburgh Seeks 4,000 Extra Police Officers to Help With the Group of 20 Meeting. Note how the story now says Pittsburgh is looking for help from "across the country". Wasn't the idea originally that a lot of local police forces would be able to provide a lot of that help. I've only noticed a few news blurbs on this, but they have generally mentioning that local governments have turned down those requests. Many don't have the extra resources. Some don't have police forces at all. I'll have to look up how many police officers there are in total in Allegheny County. But the bigger story lurking in there is the regionalism story.
and whatever good PR Pittsburgh is getting, state is balancing out with bad these days. CNN is succinct: Pennsylvania, the New California.
and the state is at it again looking at Pittsburgh pension woes. In a story today the quote describing the current state of the Pittsburgh pension system is:
"As for Pittsburgh's 28 percent ratio, McAneny said "there's just no way to describe that. It is bankruptcy, or the pension equivalent thereof."I still don't get why this is noticed all of a sudden. But what I really don't quite get is that they all know that the 28% number is now several years out of date. When we see more current actuarial data reflecting the current state of the the city's pension system, it will be lower than that. Mark my words. And what really isn't talked about is that if the state takes over the city's pension system you will see the state hire the next actuary to do pension calculations. Anyone want to place a bet that the numbers a state-hired auditor comes up with measure the pension funding level here will not look like what we think the numbers are now. As I mentioned recently, structurally things are getting worse locally and across the state in ways beyond what that article even touches on.