State and Local Finance

State and Local Finances During the COVID-19 Crisis

By and ·August 3, 2020
American Enterprise Institute, and The Fletcher School, Tufts University

This podcast was recorded on July 16th, 2020.

State and local finances have been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, with 1.5 million city and state employees losing their jobs since February, and numerous cities slashing spending on police, firemen, parks, sanitation services and other expenditures as revenues

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States Face Daunting Budget Gaps. What Can Be Done?

By , and ·June 25, 2020
Northeastern University, UMass Dartmouth, and Northeastern University

The Issue:

States across the nation are estimated to face budget shortfalls for the upcoming fiscal year 2021, ranging from as low as 4% in Arkansas to as high as 30% in New Mexico. In fact, these shortfalls have likely grown since first estimated as recent reports indicate that GDP has slowed more than expected,

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Why Does the Census Matter for State and Local Governments?

By and ·March 22, 2019
McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University

The Issue:

The 2020 Census is rapidly approaching. Much attention has focused on whether including a citizenship question will impact the accuracy of the count. But other factors  – ranging from technical issues, to funding, to the ability to hire the number of census workers required  –  also present challenges.

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The Burden of Public Pension Promises on State and Local Budgets

By and ·December 19, 2018
Brandeis University and Stanford University

The Issue:

Unfunded pension liabilities represent a significant challenge to the finances of many state and local governments. While no analysts dispute the general statement that pensions are underfunded in aggregate, there has been some discussion about how to estimate the magnitude of the gap. Moreover, however ...
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