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Research Project

City Fiscal Conditions (2018), by Michael Pagano and Christiana McFarland

Research Area(s)
City Fiscal Condition
Government Finance Research


Michael Pagano and Christy McFarland present the findings from the 35th annual report on city fiscal conditions as part of the National League of Cities’ research on city finances.  The report finds that the national economy today is strong but faces headwinds from lagging wage growth and a slowing housing market. These complexities are evident at the local level. City finances, which have yet to fully recover from the Great Recession, are showing signs of decelerating growth. Publisher: National League of Cities View the report here