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Opinion: UPMC and other big nonprofits should remain tax-exempt

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 15, 2013

Just how schizophrenic we have become over UPMC and other local "super" nonprofits is showcased by Mayor Luke Ravenstahl suing UPMC to lift its tax exemption while lauding UPMC for funding The Pittsburgh Promise. After an extensive expose of UPMC real estate holdings by the Post-Gazette, Allegheny County Council is holding hearings on UPMC's tax-exempt properties as well. Now, if there is any elected official with more reason to resent UPMC than myself, please have him or her call me. After watching UPMC raze our beloved hospital in Braddock and call Pittsburgh's finest to arrest me, and then having UPMC ignore my fruitless groveling for an urgent care center, I have more than three years' worth of bloody knuckles from this unrequited relationship.