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Liz Farmer

Liz Farmer, who formerly covered fiscal policy as a Governing staff writer, helps lead the Pew Charitable Trusts’ state fiscal health project’s Fiscal 50 online resource, focusing on budgets, fiscal distress, tax policy and pensions. A former research fellow at the Rockefeller Institute of Government’s Future of Labor Research Center, Farmer holds a bachelor’s degree in American history, film and television production from George Washington University and a master’s in journalism from the University of Maryland.

Many companies had been resistant to employees working from home, but the coronavirus pandemic has shown that it’s very feasible and functional. Working from home has great benefits and should be continued post-pandemic.
Once-popular public golf courses have become a strain on many cities’ budgets. Are municipal greens still up to par?
After two straight years of beating expectations, pension investment earnings have slightly dipped thanks in part to fears of a trade war.
Ratings agencies want more information about each state and local government's vulnerability to extreme weather. Moody's isn't waiting for them to give it up.
The public is willing to raise some taxes, but only ones that create unreliable revenue streams.
A proposal before Congress would expand a provision that gives small governments and districts access to cheaper financing.
Critics say it could weaken the state's retirement system, which is already the worst-funded in the nation.
A bill that would help the billion-dollar industry get access to bank accounts won support from some key U.S. senators.
New research released this week shows that even pension plans with big unfunded liabilities are likely to survive in the long term.
Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and a local government coalition allege that a new IRS rule unlawfully puts an end to their tax reform workarounds.