Justin Marlowe is the Endowed Professor of Public Finance and Civic Engagement at the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Governing Institute and co-founder of the Evans School/Piper Jaffray SNW Public Financial Leadership Academy. He has published three books and more than 70 articles on public capital markets, government financial reporting, and local government fiscal policy. He worked in local government in Michigan, and he has recently done consulting and funded research for the Governmental Accounting Standards Board, the Internal Revenue Service, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, King County, WA, and many other organizations. He is a Certified Government Financial Manager and he holds a Ph.D. in government and political science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

February 1, 2015

The ABCs of Cost Accountability

Want to know how to do less with less? Activity-based costing has great promise.
December 1, 2014

Environmental Risks Becoming Part of Bond Assessments

Municipal bond investors have started asking governments to disclose their area's environmental hazards, but a lot of the information they want is not yet known.
October 1, 2014

Seattle Adopts an Old Way to Pay for New Parks

While the city's parks no longer have to compete with police and other essential services for funding, this model has its drawbacks.
August 1, 2014

Should Someone Audit Government Auditors?

There's a push for local governments to establish independent audit committees.
June 1, 2014

Public Health Funding May Get a Shot in the Arm

After suffering deep cuts during the recession, public health officials are rethinking how to fund these essential services.
April 1, 2014

Bonds and the BFF Problem

A new rule tries to keep muni market players from getting too friendly.
February 1, 2014

This Annual Financial Report Says What?

If there’s a bright side to governments’ money problems, it’s that it’s forcing them to use plain English to talk about their finances.
December 1, 2013

How to Make ‘Pay As You Go’ Work for Large Capital Projects

Maricopa County, Ariz., has found a way to make paygo pay off.
October 1, 2013

The Murky Muni Market in the Post-Detroit Bankruptcy Era

State and local governments need to change how they tell their story.
August 1, 2013

Do Cities Actually Save Money When They Merge?

There are benefits in city consolidations, but the payback may not be financial.
May 31, 2013

What’s the Point of Rainy Day Funds?

States and localities both save for unseen emergencies and hard times. But when it comes to using the funds, their approach couldn't be more different.
March 29, 2013

How to Talk About Tax Expenditures

There are ways to take some of the partisan heat out of the discussion.
January 31, 2013

Muni Bonds' Future May Lie in Foreign Investors' Hands

Foreign investors matter to the municipal bond market for two reasons.
August 28, 2012

Are We Asking Our Finance Officers to Do the Impossible?

We’re trying to use financial risk-management tools to solve political problems. That’s putting the people who manage public money in a tenuous position.