Canceled meetings and finger-pointing plague top Pa. economic development agency

Charlotte Keith | Thursday, December 19, 2019, Spotlight PA (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

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In a half hour meeting, the Commonwealth Financing Authority — Pennsylvania’s mammoth economic development engine — can approve millions of dollars for projects ranging from local sewer systems and parking lots to dairy farms and downtown facelifts.

But recently, long delays between meetings have held up funding for projects. And the resulting finger-pointing over who is to blame provides a glimpse into the politics surrounding the hundreds of millions of dollars the authority doles out each year.

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