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Finance

Public finance is fundamental to the activities of cities and towns and to the health of the national economy. It's how cities pay for the services, invest in infrastructure and support the municipal workforce. Our work features survey and other research reports on the structure, health, and factors affecting city finances, as well as resources for city officials to use in making better decisions. 

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  • Research Report

  • Research Report

In 2014, the nation's city finance officers report that fiscal conditions are improving as the Great Recession recedes.1 However, local fiscal health has not yet fully returned to pre-recession levels as economic activity clambers back from the…

  • CitiesSpeak

The online sales tax loophole isn’t just an unfair disadvantage for local businesses – it also prevents cities from collecting the taxes already owed to them on remote online purchases.

As we enter the season of gift-…

retail store
retail store
  • CitiesSpeak

Incorporating an active policy discussion about pension funding into the budget process – even in well-funded cities – is important, because the earlier pension funding problems are confronted, the less costly they will be overall, and the less…

stocks
stocks
  • CitiesSpeak

Children’s Savings Accounts (CSAs) are emerging in as a way cities can help even the most low-income children and families save for college and potentially disrupt cycles of multi-generational poverty.

When higher…

Money
Money
  • Research Report

NLC's latest report provides a fiscal snapshot of cities based on a survey of revenues and expenditures as well as policy actions and priorities. The official report release streamed live from Washington, D.C. at 11:00 a.m. EST on October 13 and…

  • CitiesSpeak

Cities need to innovate. They need to develop new instruments, intermediaries, and institutions to supercharge partnerships with the private and civic sector.

This is a guest post by Bruce Katz. This post is based on remarks given to the…

hamburg
hamburg
  • Press Release

The National League of Cities (NLC) presented the 2015 NLC Distinguished Service to Cities Award to the U.S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance at the NLC Congress of Cities and Exposition in Nashville, Tenn. earlier this month.

2015 NLC Distinguished Service to Cities Award
2015 NLC Distinguished Service to Cities Award
  • Press Release

NLC Programs at the Congress of Cities Offer Savings and Solutions for Cities

City officials attending the NLC Congress of Cities and Exposition in Nashville next week will have a great opportunity to learn how to bring savings and…

Press Release
Press Release
  • Press Release

The National League of Cities (NLC) is pleased to join U.S. Communities in announcing that Alvarez & Marsal (A&M) has been awarded a multi-year contract to provide public sector consulting services through the innovations…