Michael A. Pagano

Reuters

The Typical Municipal Budgeting Process Is Rigged Against Infrastructure Investments

There's a major structural problem built into how cities spend their money. Here's what we can do about it.

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How Our Current Tax System Is Failing Cities

Levying fees on income and property just isn't working anymore. Cities need to be able to charge people who commute in.

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How Nonprofits Can End Up Becoming a Drain on City Budgets

Municipal governments can't sit idly by while tax-exempt organizations get services for free.

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Don't Forget, Local Governments Are Facing a Fiscal Crisis of Their Own

It's not too late for President Obama to help fix this, and it's in his interest anyway.

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To Fix Municipal Finances, States Need to Back Off

Many cities are powerless when it comes to controlling the money in their coffers. Here's how to fix that.

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Why All Those New Fees Your City Is Charging Are Likely Permanent

Cash-strapped local governments overwhelmingly turned to fees instead of raising taxes in recent years. And they like them.