What would happen if voter turnout improved?

Joe Rohaly | Patch | August 7, 2020

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

The Federal Program Inventory: Rehabbing a long-lost train wreck

Bill Bergman | August 5, 2020

Truth in Accounting has released its report on efforts to have the federal government complete an accounting project Congress called for years ago: The Federal Program Inventory.

Oklahoma City draws some MAPS to avoid public debt

The 101 Policy Corner | August 5, 2020

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

Marc Joffe | Reason Foundation | August 4, 2020

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

Bethany Blankley | The Center Square (Washington) | August 4, 2020

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

Bethany Blankley | The Center Square (Texas) | August 3, 2020

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

Jonathan Bydlak | R Street | July 30, 2020

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

Adam Andrzejewski | Forbes | July 29, 2020

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

Chicago Tribune | July 28, 2020

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

Andrew Briggs and Sheila Weinberg | Forbes | July 27, 2020

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

Mark Tapscott | The Epoch Times | July 24, 2020

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

Phase 4 relief: Do’s and Don’ts

Medium | July 23, 2020

Nearly four months after the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law, policymakers are on the cusp of proposing yet another round of COVID-19 relief.

States need to stop using political math and improve their rainy day funds

Kyla Asbury | Prairie State Wire | July 22, 2020

States need to do more work on setting aside funds for a rainy day and stop using political math, experts said in a Truth in Accounting webinar on the economic impact of COVID-19 on state revenues.

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