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Michael A. Pagano

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Michael A. Pagano is dean of the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois at Chicago, director of UIC's Government Finance Research Center, a professor of public administration, an elected fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, former co-editor of Urban Affairs Review and a non-resident senior fellow of the Brookings Institution.

Pagano has published more than 100 articles on government finance, capital budgeting, federalism, infrastructure and urban development as well as nine books, including Metropolitan Resilience in a Time of Economic Turmoil, Cityscapes and Capital and The Dynamics of Federalism.

The lesson for cities from the experiences of the past decade: Even revenue sources long considered reliable can be volatile.
With signs pointing to a weakening economy, we need to get ready now, and we need to do it right.
The structure of their tax systems doesn't align with their evolving economies.
Metropolitan areas are the homes of our economic engines, and that's where the need for infrastructure investment is greatest.
Because there’s no single blueprint for fiscal success and very little actually can be replicated by another city or town.