August 1, 2019

The Change That Could Shift Public Opinion on Taxes

We’ve been wary of taxation since the Boston Tea Party. New finance ethics rules will help.
June 12, 2019

This Once-Popular Public Policy Tool Could Be Key to States’ Budget Futures

Coordinating commissions have fallen out of favor. It’s time to bring them back.
April 22, 2019

A Cautionary Tale for the New Muni Bond Era

A decade after the Libor scandal, a new approach to interest rates could help U.S. states and cities -- if they change their thinking.
February 15, 2019

The Fairest Tax During a Recession May Be the Least Popular

What's "fair" changes along with the economy.
December 11, 2018

It’s Hard to Get Cities to Share Services. States Can Help.

Fiscal incentives can encourage local governments to consolidate redundant operations.
October 15, 2018

Automation Can't Replace Accountants

Government accounting is changing, but we'll still need smart humans in charge.
August 28, 2018

For Muni Bond Sales, Brand Matters

Marketing is especially important for smaller local governments, and states have a role to play.
June 19, 2018

A Glimpse Into the Future of P3s

The real money isn't in roads and bridges. It's in people and services.
April 11, 2018

Partners at Last: CIOs and CFOs 4.0

Chief information officers and chief financial officers haven’t always gotten along. That’s not true anymore.
February 27, 2018

Can An Old Tax Tool Teach Us New Tricks?

Fiscal equalization offers three lessons in local tax policy and regional prosperity.
December 1, 2017

Friends With Tax Benefits

Deep within the Affordable Care Act is a tax break that could help a lot of budgets.
October 9, 2017

Tax Battle Lines Shift in Cities and Suburbs

Local income taxes were once blamed for causing businesses to flee to the suburbs. Not anymore.
August 23, 2017

What's Good Enough for the Gherkin Should Be Good Enough for Americans

The most sophisticated risk managers in the world invest in state and local governments. So why are Americans so hesitant?
June 28, 2017

Who Pays the Local Tax Bill?

There’s disagreement over who bears the biggest burden: the poor or the wealthy.
April 18, 2017

Millennials’ Investment Strategy Could Be a Boon for Government

Their drive to make a meaningful impact could provide the public sector a new pool of investors.
February 22, 2017

The Secret Benefits of Sharing Government Services

They may not show up in the bottom line.
December 13, 2016

Selling Your Sewer’s Story

Financial statements can make the best case for public works investors.
October 11, 2016

A Better Way to Measure Pension Debt's Danger

'Overlapping' is often ignored, resulting in misleading assumptions about government liabilities.
August 23, 2016

Bias in the Municipal Bond Market

Does a sullied past haunt a bond issuer’s future?
June 1, 2016

3 Ways to Take P3s to the Next Level

"Blended" models have the potential to bridge some big gaps in infrastructure finance.
April 28, 2016

The Great Recession's Lessons on Rainy Day Funds

At least one state is using the experience to find a new way to prepare for the next recession.
February 1, 2016

How 'Philanthrocapitalism' Could Transform Government

Mark Zuckerberg has ushered in a new form of philanthropy that has the potential to bring about positive change
December 1, 2015

Is 'Fair Value' Accounting Actually Fair?

The practice is loved by government accountants and scorned by bankers and investors.
October 1, 2015

CFOs Are Movin' On Up

In local government, chief financial officers are starting to find a clearer path to the top spot.
August 1, 2015

Are Muni Bonds an Income Equalizer?

A surprising look at who owns and who benefits the most from tax-exempt debt.
June 1, 2015

3 Ways to Bring Taxes Into the 21st Century

But only one of these three modernization methods of revenue raising has a chance.
April 1, 2015

The ‘New Neutral’ Is Here

That’s bad news for those who manage public money.
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.