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Lost in the Balance: How State Policies Affect the Fiscal Health of Cities
Fiscal problems in central cities, disparities with suburbs and how state governments cope are addressed in this examination of intergovernmental aid in California, New York and Wisconsin. The authors offer recommendations ...
How Large Is Wisconsin's Budget Gap for the 2011-13 Biennium?
With adjustments to the Legislative Fiscal Bureau's July 2010 determination of Wisconsin's fiscal condition at the beginning of the upcoming biennium, the author estimates as much as a $3 billion structural fiscal deficit ...
The Taxpayer Protection Amendment: A Preliminary Analysis
This analysis demonstrates that a proposed amendment to Wisconsin's constitution to limit the annual growth of government revenue would reduce public services and harm economic development. If it had been enacted in ...
Are Property Taxes Forcing the Elderly Out of their Homes?
This preliminary study finds that few of Wisconsin's elderly homeowners are forced to move from their homes because of property tax increases. Given that Wisconsin's property taxes are high compared to those in other states, ...
Assessing the Use of Econometric Analysis in Estimating the Costs of Meeting State Education Accountability Standards: Lessons from Texas
This assessment examines two methodologies to determine whether school districts have sufficient funds to meet accountability standards in Texas. One of the methodologies found the funds to be insufficient, while the ...
A Critical Review of Property Tax Relief in Wisconsin: The School Levy Credit and the First Dollar Credit
Wisconsin's school levy credit and first dollar credit are an expensive and highly inefficient means of providing property tax relief to Wisconsin taxpayers, this analysis suggests. In fact, they provide relatively little ...
The Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR): A Solution to Wisconsin's Fiscal Problems or a Prescription for Future Fiscal Crises?
Facts do not support arguments in favor of an amendment to Wisconsin's constitution to limit government spending and taxing authority. The amendment's proposal to tie growth in per-capita or per-public spending to ...
Does No Child Left Behind Place a Fiscal Burden on States? Evidence from Texas
The federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 requires states to establish goals for all students and for groups of students characterized by race, ethnicity, poverty, disability and limited English proficiency. The ...
Fiscal Conditions in Selected Metropolitan Areas
This paper presents the initial steps to better understand the current fiscal condition of local governments within metropolitan areas and to establish the extent to which fiscal disparities exist within a sample ...
Property Tax Responses to State Aid Cuts in the Recent Fiscal Crisis
The paper examines whether states increased property taxes between 2002 and 2004 in order to maintain the level of public services in light of large cuts in state intergovernmental grants resulting from state fiscal crises.