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The Legacy of Rodriguez: Three Decades of School Finance Reform in Texas
This paper explores the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court's 1973 Rodriquez ruling that said Texas's heavy reliance on the local property tax to fund public education did not violate the equal protection clause ...
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 ...
Enhancing the Feasibility of School Finance Reform
This paper describes a simulation model designed to analyze school funding reform proposals in Wisconsin. It includes a parallel current law model and the capacity to show any proposal's aggregate budgetary and distributional ...
The Impact of State Government Fiscal Crises on Local Governments and Schools
This paper discusses budgetary problems facing state governments, and explores the relationship between state government fiscal conditions and potential impacts on municipal governments and school districts. It ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
Do Rising Property Taxes Lead the Elderly to Move from 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, ...
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 ...
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 ...