We believe we could make a substantial offer to the people in New Orleans to come to Pittsburgh, ... This is a bold statement on the part of all of us from Pittsburgh, to say, 'Come, and we are going to open our arms and doors to you.'
In order to cover the potential shortfall of $3.8 million caused by the delay in receiving the gaming revenues, I will be forced to eliminate nearly $4 million worth of desperately needed positions from the city's budget proposal for 2006,
I hope you recognize what a significant material impact [cuts] will have upon Pittsburgh's ability to deliver quality services to our neighborhoods next year given our already depleted staffing levels,
We are prepared to spend a little bit of money to try to ... get some experts who know gaming to help us understand what the implications are for Pittsburgh, ... Part of that would be whether it's worth getting a license.
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Policymakers need to understand how dependent the U.S. economy is on innovative risk-takers that make up the small to medium manufacturing sector. The U.S. Congress and the Administration must promote public policies that allow and encourage small and midsize manufacturers to thrive in that role. The innovation we see in abundance in small and midsize businesses comes with great risk. This report identifies specific tools and resources that can help manufacturers manage risk without compromising their commitment to innovation in today's highly competitive global marketplace.
Markets were looking for a clear direction and the central bank doesn't appear to have provided it. You have to consider this in the context that stock markets across the globe are currently priced for perfection.
Earnings here are sufficiently strong that we will maintain the level of strength we've achieved. It's a very opportune time for mergers and acquisition deals and this activity will continue throughout the whole year.