August 1, 2019
We’ve been wary of taxation since the Boston Tea Party. New finance ethics rules will help.
June 12, 2019
Coordinating commissions have fallen out of favor. It’s time to bring them back.
April 22, 2019
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
What's "fair" changes along with the economy.
December 11, 2018
Fiscal incentives can encourage local governments to consolidate redundant operations.
October 15, 2018
Government accounting is changing, but we'll still need smart humans in charge.
August 28, 2018
Marketing is especially important for smaller local governments, and states have a role to play.
June 19, 2018
The real money isn't in roads and bridges. It's in people and services.
April 11, 2018
Chief information officers and chief financial officers haven’t always gotten along. That’s not true anymore.
February 27, 2018
Fiscal equalization offers three lessons in local tax policy and regional prosperity.
December 1, 2017
Deep within the Affordable Care Act is a tax break that could help a lot of budgets.
October 9, 2017
Local income taxes were once blamed for causing businesses to flee to the suburbs. Not anymore.
August 23, 2017
The most sophisticated risk managers in the world invest in state and local governments. So why are Americans so hesitant?
June 28, 2017
There’s disagreement over who bears the biggest burden: the poor or the wealthy.
April 18, 2017
Their drive to make a meaningful impact could provide the public sector a new pool of investors.
February 22, 2017
They may not show up in the bottom line.
December 13, 2016
Financial statements can make the best case for public works investors.
October 11, 2016
'Overlapping' is often ignored, resulting in misleading assumptions about government liabilities.
August 23, 2016
Does a sullied past haunt a bond issuer’s future?
June 1, 2016
"Blended" models have the potential to bridge some big gaps in infrastructure finance.
April 28, 2016
At least one state is using the experience to find a new way to prepare for the next recession.
February 1, 2016
Mark Zuckerberg has ushered in a new form of philanthropy that has the potential to bring about positive change
December 1, 2015
The practice is loved by government accountants and scorned by bankers and investors.
October 1, 2015
In local government, chief financial officers are starting to find a clearer path to the top spot.
August 1, 2015
A surprising look at who owns and who benefits the most from tax-exempt debt.
June 1, 2015
But only one of these three modernization methods of revenue raising has a chance.
April 1, 2015
That’s bad news for those who manage public money.
February 1, 2015
Want to know how to do less with less? Activity-based costing has great promise.
December 1, 2014
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
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
There's a push for local governments to establish independent audit committees.
June 1, 2014
After suffering deep cuts during the recession, public health officials are rethinking how to fund these essential services.
April 1, 2014
A new rule tries to keep muni market players from getting too friendly.
February 1, 2014
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
Maricopa County, Ariz., has found a way to make paygo pay off.
October 1, 2013
State and local governments need to change how they tell their story.
August 1, 2013
There are benefits in city consolidations, but the payback may not be financial.
May 31, 2013
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
There are ways to take some of the partisan heat out of the discussion.
January 31, 2013
Foreign investors matter to the municipal bond market for two reasons.
August 28, 2012
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.