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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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  • Press Release

by Gregory Minchak

The National League of Cities Center for Research & Innovation has received a three-year grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to study city governments' responses to and recovery from the…

Press Release
Press Release
  • CitiesSpeak

Christopher Hoene

For a moment I thought it was April Fool’s Day, not Leap Day.  Why? Former Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser, now with Governing, blogged on February 29 that Stockton, California’s plan to declare default on $2…

  • News Announcement

The nation's cities are cutting personnel and infrastructure projects as the economic downturn continues to take its toll on city finances according to the National League of Cities' (NLC) 26th annual City Fiscal Conditions report.