Government Revenues


Pied-à-Terre Tax Would Generate Significantly Less Revenue in NYC Than Estimated, Report Says

A pied-à-terre tax proposed by New York State legislators faced the scrutiny of the Independent Budget Office.

February 17, 2021 - The Real Deal


Cash-Strapped Wyoming Towns Face Existential Threat

With the decline of the fossil fuel industry and the economic effects of COVID-19 further gutting the state, Wyoming and some of its small cities are facing dire fiscal consequences.

November 9, 2020 - Casper Star-Tribune

Balboa Peninsula

California's 'Split Roll' Property Tax Reform, Explained

California voters will consider a landmark reform of its infamous property tax system this November. Prop. 15 would remove property tax caps on commercial properties established by Prop. 13 in 1978.

October 7, 2020 - CALmatters


Report Details Dire Fiscal Straits of Local Governments

The National League of Cities has produced a highly-anticipated report detailing the fiscal fallout of the sudden and swift economic downturn that followed the coronavirus to American shores.

August 20, 2020 - National League Of Cities

City Hall

Cities Report Declining Revenues

The annual "City Fiscal Conditions" report by the National League of Cities delivers a warning signal about the state of the economy.

October 29, 2019 - Route Fifty

Home Sold Sign

Californians Could Vote to Expand Prop 13 Property Tax Breaks in November

A biting opinion piece asks why Californians would want to worsen the effects of Proposition 13 by voting yes on Proposition 5.

October 19, 2018 - Los Angeles Times


Pittsburgh City Council Mulls Options for Affordable Housing Funding

Deciding to create an affordable housing trust fund is one thing, deciding how to fund it is another.

September 28, 2017 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Minneapolis Traffic

Twin Cities Pay More, Get Less in State's Transportation Equation

An Star Tribune analysis finds residents in the Twin Cities region are generously supporting the transportation infrastructure spending of the rest of the state.

March 21, 2017 - Star Tribune


Cities See the Light at the End of the Fiscal Tunnel

The "City Fiscal Conditions 2016" report by the National League of Cities is willing to allow new levels of optimism.

October 20, 2016 - Governing

Report: Cities Continue Modest Fiscal Improvements

The 30th edition of an annual report from the National League of Cities shows reasons to be optimistic about the fiscal condition of cities—though the arm of the Great Recession is proving to be long.

October 1, 2015 - National League Of Cities

Op-Ed: Transportation Funding is Only One Part of a Fair Budget

A guest column on the Saporta Report offers a reminder of the many critical public needs that compete with transportation funding for state dollars.

January 27, 2015 - Saporta Report

The Georgia Transportation Funding Debate

Georgia's experience emerging from the recession as revenues increase after years of government belt tightening is common around the country. The question now: How to finance the improvements to the state's neglected transportation infrastructure?

December 13, 2014 - SaportaReport

Report: Cities Not Yet out of the Fiscal Woods

A report by the National League of Cities finds that although fiscal conditions are improving for most cities, they have a long way to go to achieve full recovery amid a sluggish economy.

October 22, 2014 - Governing

Should the World Follow America's Lead and Raise Property Taxes?

Unlike the United Sates, Canada, and Great Britain, few countries raise substantial revenues from property taxes. The Economist argues that property taxes are among the most efficient, stable, and progressive forms of taxation and should be embraced.

July 3, 2013 - The Economist

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