What would happen if voter turnout improved?

August 7, 2020 | Patch

With the 2020 presidential election upon us, activists of both political parties are urging voters to hit the polls. 

Oklahoma City draws some MAPS to avoid public debt

August 5, 2020 | The 101 Policy Corner

Debt is a very common aspect of life in the U.S. If you own a house, you might be paying off a loan you used to buy it, and it could be years before you’ve finished doing so. Cities do this too for large public projects, except their debt frequently takes shape as municipal bonds.

Federal aid for states needs more transparency, should not reward mismanagement

August 4, 2020 | Reason Foundation

Congressional legislation to address the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic seems likely to contain federal funds to bolster state and local government budgets, most of which are facing sharp revenue declines.

Hundreds of Seattle employees out-earned the mayor in 2019

August 4, 2020 | The Center Square (Washington)

Hundreds of Seattle's city employees out-earned the mayor last year, according to a recent fiscal analysis of the city's salary data. 

Texas’ debt problem was well underway before it received federal bailouts, reports show

August 3, 2020 | The Center Square (Texas)

As Congress debates another $1 trillion stimulus package, efforts are underway to determine how much more federal bailout money states should receive.

Federal aid to states should be conditioned on better transparency

July 30, 2020 | R Street

Congressional legislation to address the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic seems likely to contain federal funds to bolster state and local government budgets, most of which are facing sharp revenue declines.

Why Texas is in trouble

July 29, 2020 | Forbes

Everything is bigger in Texas—including the supersized salaries of its city managers, school superintendents, state staffers, and other public servants.

No congressional bailout for Illinois

July 28, 2020 | Chicago Tribune

With Congress debating another relief package to protect the economy from the coronavirus pandemic, state governments likely will receive federal money to offset revenue losses, Illinois included.

A potential deal for state pension reform

July 27, 2020 | Forbes

In 1972, NBC News aired a long-form investigation titled “Pensions: The Broken Promise,” which highlighted the many ways in which traditional “defined benefit” (DB) pensions

Right to Work chief targets union pension bailout in latest CCP virus recovery talks

July 24, 2020 | The Epoch Times

The hardest-hit states—especially solidly Democratic Illinois, California, New Jersey, and New York.

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