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Research Project

City Budgets in an Era of Increased Uncertainty, by Michael Pagano and Christopher Hoene

Research Area(s)
Fiscal Policy and Financial Positions
Government Finance Research


This paper, by CUPPA’s Dean Michael Pagano and the California Budget and Policy’s Christopher W. Hoene, examines the extent to which cities can take on greater fiscal responsibilities based on their “fiscal policy space,” a framework for understanding cities’ fiscal capacity and adaptability. The paper includes a typology that assesses 100 large cities on their fiscal capacities, especially in relation to constraints imposed by states or cities’ own tax misalignment with their economic bases. It closes with implications for local and state actions. Published: July 2018 Publisher: Brookings Read the full report here