Finance 101

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Partially because of tax policies, state budgets have become increasingly unpredictable. But a few states are finding ways to manage the craziness.
There’s no sure-fire way to get fiscal policy right. But there are a few simple ways to get it disastrously wrong.
A new self-reporting initiative creates a prisoner's dilemma between governments and underwriters.
This video explainer breaks down the role a government’s credit rating plays in its everyday finances.
A balanced budget isn’t always a healthy one.
A video explainer on the mechanics and players that make the $3.7 trillion municipal bond market work.
What governments need to know about where they should go to seek financial advice.
Bankruptcy grabs the headlines, but distressed cities are a more widespread problem – one that few states know how to address.
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Crucial (and complicated) concepts in public money explained.
These buzzwords can instill fear and trepidation in even the most progressive and tech-savvy public officials, but open information really does improve how cities operate.
Failure to understand financial outcomes is more dangerous to states and localities than ever, and there’s a big gap between what public leaders know about finance and what they need to know.
Over the last century, states have adopted the idea that pensions are a form of deferred compensation and, along with that change, has come certain protections.