Do higher home values equal more homelessness?

Madison Randolph | February 26, 2020

It's not as simple as you might think

New Orleans bourbon street

Happy Mardi Gras

Kate Brennan | February 25, 2020

Mardi Gras offers a huge economic boost to New Orleans every year. According to a 2015 study conducted by Tulane economics professor Toni Weiss, in just one weekend the city brings in $164 million, and $465 million throughout the whole year.

My takeaways from Gov. Pritzker's budget address

Sheila Weinberg | February 19, 2020

Happy Birthday Oregon

Kate Brennan | February 14, 2020

On February 14, 2020, Oregon will celebrate 161 years as the 33rd state admitted to the union. To celebrate, we used Data-Z to find fun facts about Oregon and to learn more about the Beaver State.

Arizona

Happy Birthday Arizona

Kate Brennan | February 14, 2020

On February 14, 2020, Arizona will celebrate 108 years as the 48th state admitted to the union. To celebrate, we used Data-Z to find fun facts about Arizona and to learn more about the Grand Canyon State.

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Data-Z's Valentines

Kate Brennan | February 14, 2020

We know government finances can be depressing, but there are still a lot of things to be happy about. We used Data-Z to pick eight cities and states to be our valentines. Data-Z is an online database by Truth in Accounting (TIA) with over 700 data variables on the federal, state, and city levels. 

What about the debt?

Sheila Weinberg | February 12, 2020

A response to the city of Phoenix's 'invalid' claim

Sheila Weinberg | February 10, 2020

Includes "Pension debt is similar to credit card debt, not a mortgage, because it is debt accumulated to cover costs that have already been incurred. Evidently Phoenix has a plan to pay the pension debt off over the next 22 years, but this does not negate the fact that this debt exists today. To explain this concept on a personal level, someone who plans to pay off a credit card balance over time by paying the minimum payments still has outstanding credit card debt now." 

Happy Birthday Massachusetts 232

Kate Brennan | February 6, 2020

On February 6, 2020, Massachusetts will celebrate 232 years as the 6th state admitted to the union. To celebrate, we used Data-Z to find fun facts about Massachusetts and to learn more about the Bay State.

America's largest cities are in debt

February 4, 2020

Last week, Truth in Accounting released its fourth annual Financial State of the Cities report. The report found that only 12 of the 75 largest cities in the United States have a surplus. 

Who wins best fiscal health: San Francisco or Kansas City?

Madison Randolph | January 31, 2020

In Super Bowl LIV, we will see the San Francisco 49ers go up against the Kansas City Chiefs. In the lead-up to Sunday's event there will be talk about both teams, the Super Bowl commercials, and who is going to win, but with the recent release of the Financial State of the Cities report we decided to ask, how do the cities of these teams compare?

US households moving to freer, lower-tax places

January 30, 2020

Some of the lab rats are escaping their cages.

2020 Financial State of the Cities

January 28, 2020

Our fourth annual report on the financial condition of the nation's 75 largest cities. 

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