White House Snubs Disaster Relief Funds Proposed in House Bill

The $14 billion package lawmakers passed this week appears to be going nowhere fast—at least for now.

The States That Give and Get the Most Federal Dollars

A new analysis identifies states that have sent more money to Washington than they saw in returned federal spending.

City Leader Wants Residents to Try Balancing the Parks and Rec Budget

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Federal shutdown delays hurricane recovery funds … another Flint water crisis plea deal …. and confusion comes with Conn. town’s pay-per-bag trash collection proposal.

New Governor Has 1st State Budget Due This Week

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Minn. is falling behind on goals to reduce emissions … Airbnb sees big growth in rural areas … and a lawsuit could drain Pa. transit funding.

Retiree Health Care Liabilities Keep Stacking Up For States

Newly issued data show the financial challenge posed by "other post-employment benefits."

Tax Cuts, Whale Funding and Pay Bonuses Among the Priorities in Governors' Proposed Budgets

Across the U.S. governors are rolling out their spending plans for the upcoming fiscal cycle.

Pennsylvania Pension Commission Flags Upwards of $1 Billion in Investment Costs for One Year

The sum earned by investment managers from one pension fund exceeded employee contributions for the same period.

The Promise and Peril of Borrowing Money to Manage Pension Costs

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel last week proposed issuing bonds to improve the city’s pension funding levels. Is that a good idea?

‘Progressive’ Tax on Inherited Wealth Could Net 33 States as Much as $6.1B

New York currently makes the most off its estate tax, but California has the most to gain, a liberal policy group argues.

Federal Watchdog Offers Gloomy Outlook for State and Local Budgets

U.S. Government Accountability Office estimates show mounting fiscal pressures over the next 50 years.

Major Takeaways From the Volcker Alliance’s New Grades for State Fiscal Health

COMMENTARY | New Jersey’s former budget director and state comptroller highlights some of the good, bad and the ugly budget practices.

Detroit’s Long-Term Budget Stability Finds Firmer Fiscal Footing

“Eliminating this debt cliff removes another major roadblock for Detroit’s long-term recovery,” according to Mayor Mike Duggan.

Minnesota’s ‘Remarkable Recovery From the Shambles’

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Mayoral memo on e-scooter geofencing … active-shooter kits for police … and improving Boston-area commuter rail.

Marijuana Gets Attention as Possible Subway Funding Source

New York City's mass transit system has been facing financial stress and service problems. Could legalizing pot help?

Mayor Discusses Local Impacts of GM’s Newly Announced Plant Closures

“This isn’t just a GM issue. People aren’t buying cars” like they once did, according to Lordstown, Ohio Mayor Arno Hill. “We’ve prepared for this.”

When a Local Government is ‘Unwilling’ to Cover Debt Costs

Lawmakers in Platte County, Missouri are hesitant to assist in picking up the tab for bonds related to a retail project.

State Revenue Volatility and Optimal Reserve Size Are Directly Linked

Comparison of states provides insight into their ability to weather an economic downturn

Flint Congressman Not Giving Up on Push to Assist Struggling Cities

Rep. Dan Kildee, of Michigan, believes his efforts could gain new traction in a Democratic controlled House.

A Bipartisan Legislative Initiative to Address a Bleak State Budget Situation

COMMENTARY | Any fiscal expert looking at New Jersey’s budget situation would quickly come to the conclusion that the underfunded pension system is the place to start, the state’s former comptroller and budget director says.