Pittsburgh has a wage gap. But what does that really mean?

Men employed by the City of Pittsburgh, on average, earn more money than women. Similarly, white people employed by the city, on average, earn more than people of color. This is what’s known as a wage gap. And among public employees in Pittsburgh, it is real. PublicSource requested data from the city detailing salaries, bonuses and overtime pay for public workers who were employed in 2016.

Graphic: Pittsburgh’s affordable housing shortage

The following graphic represents the 17,241 affordable housing units Pittsburgh needs to provide for all households earning 50 percent of the city's median household income or less. For the full story on Pittsburgh's affordable housing shortage, read our explainer: What you need to know about affordable housing (or lack thereof) in Pittsburgh

Source: Pittsburgh Housing Needs Assessment, Mullin & Lonergan Associates

large red brick building in South Side of Pittsburgh

What you need to know about affordable housing (or lack thereof) in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh seems to rack up “most affordable” and “most livable” rankings the way Meryl Streep racks up Oscar nods. However, the city is rapidly becoming less affordable in terms of housing costs. Rents are rising faster than renters’ income. New developments are outside most Pittsburgh residents’ price range. And the city has fewer income-restricted apartments than people who need them.

How Pennsylvania responded to rising drug deaths from heroin and opioid overdoses with stagnant funds

As overdoses swelled, state lawmakers created Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, elevating it from a humble bureau, and then made it the department with the smallest operations budget in the commonwealth, according to state financial documents.

They also failed to fully restore funding to local drug treatment, which has been cut in several recent budgets. That means fewer resources amid a worsening crisis and shortages of detox beds and slots for long-term drug treatment.

Allegheny County salaries 2015

PublicSource wants you to know how your tax dollars are being spent. We believe it’s important to make the salaries of city, county and state employees easy for you to find because there are taxpayer dollars at stake. PublicSource received 2014 and 2015 salary data from Allegheny County through a Right-to-Know Law request, the state's open records law. You can download the full salary data using the link at the bottom of the page. Karen Hacker, director of the Allegheny County Health Department, was the county’s highest-paid employee in 2014 and was on pace to be the highest-paid employee in 2015.

City of Pittsburgh salaries 2015

PublicSource wants you to know how your tax dollars are being spent. We believe it’s important to make the salaries of city, county and state employees easy for you to find because there are taxpayer dollars at stake. PublicSource received 2015 salary data from the City of Pittsburgh through a Right-to-Know Law request. Check out the full salary data from 2014 and 2015 here. The city’s highest-paid employees in 2015 were all in the Public Safety Department, due to large amounts of overtime.

Troubled kids, powerful drugs

PublicSource built a database of the medications ordered by the six state-operated youth correctional facilities from 2007 through 2013.

The high-security system has been shrinking over the last decade, but the facilities remain to take the state’s most chronic or violent juvenile offenders.

Use this tool to search through the psychotropic drugs prescribed to youth offenders in the state facilities.

State Police discipline facts and figures

PublicSource analyzed the listings of internal misconduct allegations in Pennsylvania State Police reports published annually from 2004 through 2013. The state police summarize the investigations conducted each year and separately list more detailed information on individual allegations.

Pennsylvania Vaccine Data

PublicSource examined eight years of Pennsylvania immunization data at the county level and one year at the school level for this project on vaccination rates of school children.