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I am not quite sure there is any sign any action on assessments is even percolating in Harrisburg, but you never know. If you think about it, it ought not to matter legally, but practically it could impact what remedy is imposed locally, or on any individual county. But given the budgetary woes in Harrisburg that are only going to be getting worse (I'll note the unemployment news out today below), it's hard to see the state looking to do anything meaninful addressing assessments. For now the Supreme Court ruling only directly and immediately impacts Allegheny County. Other states could clearly be impacted by the precedent down the road.. potentially soon. But when it comes to immediacy, few legislators are going to want to muck with the assessment system in their home areas if they do not have to.
Lawrenceville w/o Iron City...... as I said, the question now becomes what happens on that purpose-built site. Somebody help me out. I was mentioning this to someone the other day, but my memory failed me. There used to be a soda bottler in lower Bloomfield. Anyone remember the name? I say the Lawrenceville hype may have reached a near saturation point for the time being. Maybe they can take advantage of the new it-ness of Polish Hill. Redevelopment of the brewery could be called the Polish Hill Annex or something.
The Allegheny Conference has a report out saying Pittsburgh is the top energy industry region for the future. Some of us have said that earlier, though we have been talking about it long before that and long before energy prices spiked.
and the PA unemployment rate is up to 8.2%. Bad all around. Will see our regional numbers in a few weeks. I can't decide it there will at least be a temporary casino-related blip in local employment numbers in coming months. Not in the next numbers most likely, but it will be soon if it happens. But if you want to see pain, the Michigan headline today is that Michigan's unemployment rate is over 14%. As historically bad Pennsylvania's unemployment is, could it be in some coming months that it eventually comes in at half of Michigan's? I don't think that has ever been true. The tag section in that blurb is what scares me because for the auto sector as it is for Michigan: "State hasn't hit bottom yet".
That story has a great interactive chart on the story in Michigan worth playing with directly via the link there. But the image itself is scary: