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Public finance is fundamental to the activities of cities and towns and to the health of the national economy. It's how cities pay for the services, invest in infrastructure and support the municipal workforce. Our work features survey and other research reports on the structure, health, and factors affecting city finances, as well as resources for city officials to use in making better decisions. 

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Washington, DC - City officials are overwhelmingly feeling optimistic about the health and direction of local fiscal conditions for the first time since the recession, according to a new report from the National League of Cities. The 29th annual…

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Public sector employment has consequences for the quality of economic recovery since the majority of local government jobs are mid-wage.

It’s no secret that although national employment is on the upswing, the type of job growth we’re…

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On Tuesday, September 16, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) will host a free, full day "Train-the-Trainer" event at their Washington, DC office to prepare interested city officials and staff in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia region…

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This is a guest post written by Adam Levenson of UNC-Chapel Hill’s MPA@UNC program.

“Trust, but verify.” According to certified public finance officers Stan Helgerson and David Richardson, Ronald Reagan’s famous stance on international…

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ICMA-RC, an NLC Capstone Corporate Partner, is encouraging public employees to take small steps toward planning for retirement during National Save for Retirement Week, an effort to promote the importance of saving for retirement. As part of…

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This article originally appeared in Governing on October 11, 2013.  

 

When cities struggle, as Detroit is doing now or New York did nearly 40 years ago, why don’t they just follow the…

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This is the second in a series of blogs that will explore the impact TIGER grants have on local communities by helping them better leverage financing options, meet transportation safety goals, and increase overall quality of life by introducing…

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Build America Mutual Assurance Company (BAM), the nation's first mutual municipal bond insurer endorsed by the National League of Cities, recently reported that Standard & Poor's Ratings Services (S&P) has affirmed BAM's AA/Stable…

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Cities are seeking new ways to help stretch lean budgets and meet changing resident needs. Joint use agreements allow cities to team up with school districts and other partners to find practical and programmatic synergies by maximizing use of…

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WASHINGTON - The "Big 7" state and local government associations and the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) today released Pension Funding: A Guide for Local Officials to provide key facts about public pension plans and a brief…