In May 2018, Penn IUR launched State & Local Public Finance Links, an online resource for planners, policymakers, researchers, and citizens to access information and expert analyses about state and local public finance in the United States.
The site is a central repository of research, news, data, and expert analysis on state and local public finance; it contains news articles, research publications and reports from expert researchers and public finance organizations. While the site touches on many aspects of public finance, the resources focus on the financial challenges state and local governments face and on solutions that localities find for these challenges.
Many U.S. states and localities have wrestled with the problem of planning for their future funding needs for decades, and the Great Recession of the late 2000s and early 2010s exacerbated the problem significantly across the country. Since then, budgets have become more constrained. Meanwhile, the Baby Boomer generation is retiring and living longer than any previous generation, making future funding streams more consequential than ever before.
In light of this landscape, this website offers a resource not only to local governments’ policymakers and planners, but also to citizens trying to plan for their futures.