Unpredictable Intergovernmental Aid Is Particularly Challenging for Cities

Route Fifty’s 2018 Management Survey reveals an emerging hindrance to sound budget planning at the state and local levels.

House Dems Call for 5 Times More Infrastructure Spending Than What's Expected in Trump's Plan

"The president talks a big act, but then he proposes a small bill," according to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

Proposed Trump Budget Cuts to States Not Happening. At Least Not Yet.

ANALYSIS: New Jersey’s former comptroller and budget director offers insights on the complexities of the federal appropriations process.

Congressional Budget Deal Poised to Include $20 Billion Boost for Infrastructure Spending

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said the funding would "augment" existing public works programs.

Federal Reform, Slow Revenue Growth Pressure States

Despite the third-longest U.S. economic recovery on record, lackluster growth in state tax collections has left many policymakers with little wiggle room to balance their budgets.

How States Are Gambling on Sports Betting Case

Sports betting bills have been filed in some 20 states, ranging from ones detailing exactly how the sports betting would work to mere placeholders that would allow for specific language once the case is decided.

Volcker Alliance Updates Its State Budget Report Cards

A new detailed breakdown of the state-by-state ratings and additional insights aim to help state budget practitioners “understand and improve their state's critical fiscal practices.”

State Personal Income Growing Slowly Since Recession

Trends in personal income matter to state governments because tax revenue and spending demands may rise or fall along with residents’ incomes.

What Does the Economic Forecast Look Like for U.S. Metro Areas?

Estimates presented to mayors last week show solid national GDP growth in the near term. But there are concerns about workforce participation, regional divides and immigration policy.

Appalachia, Civil War Scholars Alarmed by Kentucky Governor's Budget Ax

STATE & LOCAL ROUNDUP | Michigan governor says pipeline isn’t at risk for imminent failure; fake flu information in Oklahoma; and a step closer to paying every city employee at least $15 an hour in Cleveland.

State Rainy Day Funds Grow Even as Total Balances Lag

Some states have struggled to save given sluggish tax revenue growth and have had to make more recent withdrawals from fiscal reserves.

Reeling from Dismal State Budget, La. Gov. Takes Aim at ‘Obscene’ College Coaching Salaries

Gov. John Bel Edwards has had to consider suspending classes at state colleges. He thinks the millions going to coaches could be better spent.

The Leading Challenge Many U.S. Mayors Say Their Cities Are Facing

Based on the latest Menino Survey of Mayors, it’s “not just a coastal problem, but a problem everywhere.”

Route Fifty’s 2018 Management Survey Shows Different Attitudes on Budgeting Practices

Three-quarters of local government respondents said their organization would benefit from priorities-based budgeting.

State and Local Jurisdictions Step Up to Fill Federal Void During Shutdown

As the impasse continues on Capitol Hill, some governors vow action to keep national parks open with their own resources.

With New Jersey’s Pensions in Crisis, a Question of Fiscal Priorities

To lure Amazon’s HQ2, the Garden State is offering more than double its annual contribution to the public pension system—a system that paid out $5.5 billion more in benefits than it accrued last year.

Chicago Expected to Pay Another Big Legal Settlement in a Police-Related Lawsuit

In the past two months, the nation’s third-largest city has seen nearly $100 million in judgements from lawsuits involving local law enforcement.

'God Made Republicans to Cut Taxes'

On a 227-203 party-line vote, the House on Tuesday passed a far-reaching, $1.5 trillion revision of the tax code, cutting rates for corporations, small businesses and individuals.