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  • Financial State of the Cities 2021

    Our fifth annual Financial State of the Cities report. This analysis surveys the fiscal health of the 75 most populated US cities prior to the coronavirus pandemic. 

  • Bill's Blog

    Bill Bergman serves as TIA's Director of Research. He is responsible for managing TIA's federal project and State Data Lab's data base.  Bergman spent 13 years as an economist and policy analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

  • Financial State of the States 2020

    Our eleventh annual Financial State of the States report. This analysis surveys the fiscal health of the 50 states prior to the coronavirus pandemic. 

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    Click here to view our report on the nation's fiscal health before the coronavirus pandemic hit. 

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  • Why we need to stop calling auto-centric roads ‘assets’

    February 25, 2021
    StreetsBlog USA

    By Joe Minicozzi, includes “… The primary failure of GASB (in my book) is the total failure to account for infrastructure as a liability. To GASB, roads are assets. Which makes some sense, if you are an entity with roots — as in the case with GASB — in the culture of bond brokers. ”

  • Sleuthing GASB

    February 24, 2021
    Utah League of Cities and Towns

    Virtual workshop tomorrow Feb. 25 at 11am MT, text intro includes “In this month's Lab, we will discuss GASB or The Governmental Accounting Standards Board and its influence on municipal budgets and finances, the cornerstone of a fiscally-healthy city. We'll look at what we can do to change the standards that shape our biases.”

  • Philadelphia earns an ‘F’ for failing budget

    February 23, 2021
    University City Review (Pennsylvania)

    By Christen Smith (The Center Square), includes “… Truth in Accounting likened city officials’ habit of underfunding pensions to ‘charging earned benefits to a credit card without having the money to pay off the debt.’ Instead, the funds are directed toward ‘politically popular programs,’ leaving future taxpayers to cover the losses. The tactic only makes budgets appear balanced, the report concludes.”

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