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Assessing City Fiscal Conditions

The National League of Cities’ 28th annual survey of city finance officers reveals improvement in both the overall economy and in city fiscal conditions. Read More
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Report Examines Capital Budgeting in States

The report offers a state-by-state analysis of the ways states are developing and implementing capital spending plans for investments such as roads, bridges, university buildings, prisons, water resources, and more. Read More
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Toolkit Helps State Budget Officers Implement Health Care Reforms

The MacArthur-supported toolkit addresses how to assess the impact of care delivery and payment reforms, evaluate Medicaid managed care expansions, and monitor the health insurance marketplace. Read More
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Civic Federation Warns Against Using Extended Tax Increase for New Spending in Illinois

The report calls on the state to use any increased revenue generated in the budget to stabilize state finances by significantly reducing the massive backlog of unpaid bills. Read More
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Achieving Long-Term Fiscal Sustainability in Illinois

This report reviews Governor Quinn’s three-year budget projection and proposes a comprehensive five-year plan for achieving long-term fiscal sustainability for the State of Illinois. Read More
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Recommendations for Public Pension Plan Reforms

The report outlines recommendations to improve the current state of pension plan funding as total unfunded public pension liabilities in the U.S. near $1 trillion by some estimates. Read More
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States Benefit from Results First Initiative

States implementing an analytic cost-benefit model pioneered by the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative are seeing important policymaking successes, according to a brief. Read More
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State, Local Government Spending on Health Care Grew Faster Than National Rate in 2012

Total U.S. health care spending grew slowly in 2012, rising about four percent, but the story for state and local governments was dramatically different, according to an analysis from the State Health Care Spending Project Read More
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State Fiscal Strains Linger in Economic Recovery

The report outlines a troubling picture of the unsustainable fiscal position of many states and their local governments across the country Read More
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The Pew-MacArthur Results First Approach

Infographic shows innovative model to help states invest in policies and programs that work. Read More
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Using Ballot Measures to Advance Economic Growth

Ballot measures are a viable option for states and metropolitan areas looking to invest in innovation capacity, education and workforce development, and infrastructure, according to a paper from the Brookings Institution's Metropolitan Policy Program. Read More