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Research Project

City Fiscal Conditions (2020), by Michael Pagano and Christiana McFarland

Research Area(s)
City Fiscal Condition
Government Finance Research


In its 35th year, the City Fiscal Conditions report, co-authored by Michael Pagano, continues to provide insight into the fiscal health of cities, towns, and villages from across the nation. The findings in this year’s report reveal that America’s cities are experiencing the fiscal consequences of this pandemic-downturn at an unprecedented speed – and like recent recessions, it will take years for municipal budgets to recover from the impact of COVID-19. By diving deeper into the survey results from 485 cities from across the country, we can see just how the coronavirus pandemic has affected the lives of residents and why direct funding is critical to the financial health of our nation. Publisher: National League of Cities View the report here