Budget Planning

Coronavirus Is Slamming State Unemployment Systems

Funding is one concern, another is handling an unprecedented wave of claims.

Move by Fed May Help Shore Up Short-Term Borrowing for States and Localities

The municipal bond market is experiencing a massive crunch as investors react to the coronavirus pandemic.

As Ridership and Revenues Plunge, Transit Agencies Seek Financial Aid

The coronavirus has far fewer people riding buses and trains. Tax revenues going towards transit are in line to take a hit as well.

Coronavirus Threatens to Blow Big Holes in State Budgets

States are dealing with financial uncertainty as they spend to combat the virus, but also face the possibility of lost revenues as the disease puts a major drag on the economy.

Costs to Combat Coronavirus Mount in an Epicenter of the Outbreak

In King County, Washington alone, the local government is spending about $100,000 a day responding to the public health crisis, according to one lawmaker.

State Lawmakers Face Uphill Battles as They Seek to Tax More Services

Maryland is the latest state to consider such a proposal. What many experts regard as “good tax policy” is often a tough political sell.

America is Aging and That Could Present Problems for Some States

In about 15 years, the number of people 65 and over is expected to outnumber those under 18 for the first time in U.S. history.

Deep Dive Into State Budgeting Practices Finds Improvements

But circumstances vary widely between states, while pension and health care costs remain a concern.

Safety Net Programs, Local Grants on Chopping Block in Trump Budget

Trump’s $4.89 trillion budget proposal faces an uphill battle with Democrats in Congress, who were critical of domestic spending cuts.

Using Data to Ensure Equitable Funding for Parks

Cities are beginning to use data to allocate funding to parks in low-income and blighted neighborhoods that haven't seen investment for years, a new report found.

Measuring the Cost of a State’s Car Economy

A new study attempts to come up with a dollar figure for how much cars, trucks and roads cost Massachusetts each year.

State Lawmakers Backtrack on a Tax Code Revamp

Utah officials say they plan to scrap a law they passed just last month after it attracted widespread public opposition, in part because of a tax hike on groceries.

Lawmaker Sees State Rainy Day Fund as Lifeline For Localities Battling Big-Box Stores Over Taxes

The Indiana legislation could assist local governments dealing with “dark-store theory” property tax appeals.

Pension Cuts May Pose Special Risks For Public Workers Not Covered by Social Security

About 5 million state and local workers are outside of the federal retirement program.

Cities and States Look to Tap More Tax Revenue From Expensive Real Estate Sales

“It basically allows for luxury housing to pay for affordable housing,” said a Boston city council member describing a "transfer" tax proposal there.

With Healthy Budgets, Dozens of States Give Raises to Their Workers

The number of states bumping up pay for their employees has hit a high not seen since prior to the Great Recession.

This State Found $117,000 in Double Payments Through Data Analytics

Ohio developed a tool to review all state agencies’ payment transactions from January through September and found 56 duplicate payments worth more than $117,000.

In a Booming State, Lawmakers Face a Looming Transportation Cut

“My focus is going to be about doing the best job of spreading the pain,” said one Washington state lawmaker, describing what lies ahead in an upcoming legislative session.

With Overall State Spending Up, Transportation Sees Notable Gains

At least 18 states raised spending on transportation programs by 10% or more in fiscal 2019, based on estimates in a new report.

The Imperfect Art of Tracking Local Government Financial Stress

California is the latest state to launch a program to shed light on the financial conditions in localities. Systems like this can have benefits, but also limitations.