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Center for State and Local Leadership

Center for State and Local Leadership

 

The Center for State & Local Leadership at the Schar School of Policy, Government aims to be a premier research and teaching hub on state and local governance, intergovernmental relations, severe fiscal distress, fiscal sustainability, municipal bankruptcy, state and local ethics, demographics and their implications for state and local leaders, and the emerging sharing/disruptive economy: what does it mean for state and local authority relating to regulation and taxation? The Center provides in depth state and local fiscal analysis, weekly eNews reports on federal, state, and local actions, including judicial decisions and federal grant opportunities, for state and local leaders. The Center provides regular eBlog reports on breaking developments related to severe fiscal distress and municipal bankruptcy.

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  • Shafroth, Frank (Center for State and Local Government Leadership, George Mason University, 2012)
    In its recent report, the State Budget Crisis Task Force noted one theme arising out of the Great Recession: fiscal stress runs downhill. Local governments are confronting the greatest fiscal challenges in at least a ...
  • Shafroth, Frank (Center for State and Local Government Leadership, George Mason University, 2012-06-25)
    This toolkit is designed for any municipal jurisdiction. We recognize that many localities do not have the resources to prepare for financial crises, and the tendency is to avoid help until absolutely necessary (or forced). ...
  • Shafroth, Frank (Center for State and Local Government Leadership, George Mason University, 2013-09-01)
    Detroit filed for municipal bankruptcy protection on July 19, 2013. The city is in dire fiscal straits and now in a U.S, bankruptcy court for what the city’s emergency manager termed “the Olympics of restructuring.” The ...
  • Shafroth, Frank (Center for State and Local Government Leadership, George Mason University, 2013-09-01)
    Chicago, after a significant effort to remake itself into a global city today confronts unprecedented challenges. The city took a serious turn for the worse during the first decade of the new century. The gleaming towers, ...
  • Lawson, Michael; Shafroth, Frank (Center for State and Local Government Leadership, George Mason University, 2013-09-01)
    By most accounts, four key factors have contributed to San Bernardino’s fiscal situation: the charter, political culture, state actions (or inactions) and economic shocks. The last two factors caused have caused many cities ...
  • Emmans, Sarah (Center for State and Local Government Leadership, George Mason University, 2013-09-01)
    Facing decades of structural budget gaps and unsustainable legacy costs, the City of Pittsburgh entered two forms of state oversight in 2004. In the nearly ten years since, the city has turned structural deficits into ...
  • Emmans, Sarah (Center for State and Local Government Leadership, George Mason University, 2013-09-01)
    In March of 2011, just a few months after taking office, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras declared that the city was experiencing a “Category 5” fiscal hurricane. Less than a year later, he announced that the city was on ...
  • Lawson, Michael (Center for State and Local Government Leadership, George Mason University, 2013-09-30)
    Evidence suggests that a number of factors have contributed to Baltimore’s fiscal resiliency. These include the primary role that counties play in the structure of local government in Maryland, the state assumption of the ...