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Finance

Addicted to Fines: A Special Report

Hundreds of small cities and towns throughout the country rely significantly on fines to fund their budgets.

By Mike Maciag  |  August 21, 2019
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Finance

Do Tax Breaks Help or Hurt a State’s Finances? New Study Digs Deep.

What's likely the most comprehensive research of its kind doesn't bode well for tax incentives.

By Mike Maciag  |  May 15, 2019
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Finance

What Cities' Revenue-Raising Methods Say About Their Pension Funding

New research shows places that rely more on property taxes and less on state aid tend to have better-funded retirement systems.

By Michael Maciag  |  April 2, 2019
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Infrastructure & Environment

The Construction Projects Governments Are (and Aren't) Funding

Spending is up on airports but down or flat for schools, highways and prisons.

By Michael Maciag  |  July 10, 2018
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Finance

Analysis: Where Governments Are Losing the Most Revenues To Tax Abatements

 

By Michael Maciag  |  April 26, 2018
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Urban

Metro Areas Where Housing Vacancies Are Rising, Declining

New Census data show 11.3 percent of homes were vacant last year.

By Michael Maciag  |  March 2, 2018
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Finance

How Much Do States Rely on Federal Funding?

There's a wide range of dependence across and within the states. Here's a state-by-state look at how welfare, education and roads could be impacted by the next budget that Trump signs.

By Mike Maciag  |  May 22, 2017
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Finance

When It Comes to Tax Incentives, How Transparent Is Your City?

A new report highlights major holes in local governments' online disclosure of how economic development dollars are spent.

By Mike Maciag  |  March 13, 2017
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Finance

Study: More Corrupt States Have Higher Public Debt

The link between corruption and debt is particularly prominent for private projects, such as stadiums.

By Mike Maciag  |  January 24, 2017
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Finance

Demographics Can Spell Trouble for a City's Finances

New Census data shows some cities have a lot of residents who consume more public services than they contribute in taxes. That can cause fiscal problems down the road.

By Michael Maciag  |  September 15, 2016
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Finance

Where Local Revenues from State Governments are Declining

Local governments and school districts in many places have incurred substantial reductions in intergovernmental revenues in recent years.

By Michael Maciag  |  January 31, 2017
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