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Managing Prison Health Care Spending

Prison health care spending in 44 states totaled $6.5 billion in 2008, out of $36.8 billion in overall institutional correctional expenditures, according to a report from The State Health Care Spending Project. Read More
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City Fiscal Conditions in 2013

The National League of Cities’ 28th annual survey of city finance officers reveals an overall picture of a gradually improving economy and improving city fiscal conditions. Read More

"Vital Signs: City Budgets on the Mend"

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Assessing Cities’ Vulnerability to Bankruptcy

A study takes an in-depth look at the fiscal health of six major urban centers to explore whether Detroit’s bankruptcy is an anomaly or the beginning of a trend that could spread throughout the country. Read More
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Projections Show Significant Changes in Long-Term Budget Outlook

Recent legislation and other factors have substantially improved the long-term budget outlook, according to a report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP). Read More

"Illinois Debt Takes Toll, Study Finds"

From The New York Times
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The Fiscal State of Illinois

The report details threats to Illinois’ public services and fiscal sustainability as well as actions that can be taken to address those issues, including adopting a non-political revenue forecasting process, pension reforms, and tax reforms. Read More
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Online Game “Budget Hero” Releases Election Edition

An interactive game that allows players to experience the challenges of balancing the federal budget has been updated for the election year. Read More
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Analyzing the States' Budget Crisis

The State Budget Crisis Task Force details the extent of states’ fiscal problems and fiscal sustainability in the wake of the global financial crisis. Read More

State Budgets Under Stress: Paths to Sustainability

President Robert Gallucci discusses MacArthur's partnership with the Chicago Fed to help inform the American public and policymakers of the fiscal realities facing our state and our country. Read More

D.C. Leaders More Worried, Yet More Optimistic About Solving Nation's Fiscal Problems

The federal deficit and national debt have more than doubled as a concern for movers and shakers in Washington, according to a new survey by MacArthur grantee Public Agenda. Read More