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Chapter 9 and Alternatives - Part Two: State Programs to Assist Municipalities in Times of Fiscal Crisis
Over half of U.S. states have implemented programs to assist local governments at the time of financial crisis, including emergency managers, receivers, financial control boards, and new alternative proposals ... Under consideration by some states is the use of a local government protection authority Continue
Are Public Libraries Still Relevant in American Communities?
As patrons’ habits have changed, public libraries have evolved, retaining their role as an important community resource, offering an increasing variety of materials, services and programs to residents. Despite significant changes driven primarily by technology, libraries remain relevant fixtures in American infrastructure. Continue
Assessing the Credit Quality of America’s Cities - Part Three: Long-Term Liabilities beyond Pensions
In the third part of our series on city credit quality, we examine other liabilities besides pensions that pose a threat to the fiscal health of U.S. cities. Bonded indebtedness, other post-employment benefits (OPEB), derivatives and deferred infrastructure replacement can also result in a budget squeeze. Continue
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