Allegheny Institute for Public Policy
The Allegheny Institute for Public Policy is a conservative American think tank based in Western Pennsylvania. Using its expertise in economic development, tax increment financing, and eminent domain, it works with property owners and taxpayers to bring free market solutions to local government. The Institute performs detailed research on local policy issues, then publishes its findings in reports and policy briefs. Unlike many think tanks, it actively promotes its findings by providing this information to local policy makers.
The Institute has frequently asked governments[which?] to show that the benefits of proposed public projects outweigh their costs, and to evaluate social services projects on their outcomes basis rather than their inputs. This advocacy of improved business and regulatory environments goes counter to what they call the region's traditional political machine approaches.
The institute was founded in 1995. In 1997, its activities contributed substantially to the defeat of a proposed regional tax referendum to fund the construction of sports stadiums.
In 1999 and 2000, the institute publicly stated concerns about the prospect of a merger between Bell Atlantic and GTE. The institute and other institutions formed a coalition to investigate how the merger would affect consumers. The institute supports utility competition and created a special organization called the Center for Competitive Markets in 1998 to serve as a public "watchdog" around utility competition issues.
- "About Us". Allegheny Institute for Public Policy Web Site. Retrieved 2008-12-20.
- Delaney, Kevin J.; Rick Eckstein (2003-12-01). Public Dollars, Private Stadiums: The Battle over Building Sports Stadiums. Rutgers University Press. pp. 161–166.
- "Allegheny Institute for Public Policy to Examine Telephone Competition Issues" (Press release). Allegheny Institute for Public Policy. PR Newswire. 15 April 2000. Retrieved 10 December 2014.