Finance

Pension Crisis: Could Buyouts Be a Solution?

State and local governments are trying unconventional ways to fund their pension liabilities, such as offering lump-sum cash payments to employees.

Demographics Can Spell Trouble for a City's Finances

New Census data shows some cities have a lot of residents who consume more public services than they contribute in taxes. That can cause fiscal problems down the road.

Big-Box Stores Battle Local Governments Over Property Taxes

The retailers are deploying a ‘dark store’ strategy that’s hurting cities and counties around the country.

Would Eliminating Taxes on Services Help or Hurt the Poor?

As states increasingly look to tax services, Missouri voters can be the first to keep that from ever happening. How that would impact consumers is unclear.

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