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The response of local governments to Reagan-Bush fiscal federalism

Working Papers , Paper 9604

Working Paper
Red ink in the rearview mirror: local fiscal conditions and the issuance of traffic tickets

Municipalities have revenue motives for enforcing traffic laws in addition to public safety motives because many traffic offenses are punished via fines and the issuing municipality often retains the revenue. Anecdotal evidence supports this revenue motive. We empirically test this revenue motive using panel data on North Carolina counties. We find that significantly more tickets are issued in the year following a decline in revenue, but the issuance of traffic tickets does not decline in years following revenue increases. Our results suggest that tickets are used as a revenue generation tool ...
Working Papers , Paper 2006-048

Working Paper
Does Zoning Help or Hinder Transit-Oriented (Re)Development?

Despite its reputation as a car-oriented city, the Los Angeles metropolitan area has made substantial investments in developing rail transit since 1990. In cities with older "legacy" rail systems, the built environment has developed over time around fixed transit infrastructure, creating land use patterns oriented towards long-standing rail stations. By contrast, rail stations in Los Angeles were added to an already dense built environment, with auto oriented zoning and established land use patterns. In this paper we ask whether redevelopment is occurring around Los Angeles? rail stations, ...
Finance and Economics Discussion Series , Paper 2016-020

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Monetary restraint and borrowing and capital spending by large state and local governments in 1966

Federal Reserve Bulletin , Issue Jul , Pages 552-581

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Saving costs through regional consolidation: public safety answering points in Massachusetts

As local governments seek to address growing financial challenges, many will consider a variety of cost-cutting measures, including joint service provision with other localities. This policy brief examines the potential savings from large-scale service-sharing arrangements, using the specific example of emergency call handling and dispatch in Massachusetts. The analysis finds that consolidation can significantly reduce costs, and recommends that state policymakers consider options to encourage local consolidation. ; This policy brief builds on the Center?s 2013 research report, ?The Quest for ...
New England Public Policy Center Policy Brief

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After the fiscal gold rush

Persistent budget shortfalls have created subtle spending shifts and a kitchen-sink mentality to close budget gaps without cutting services
Fedgazette , Volume 16 , Issue Jan , Pages 8-10

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Planned and actual long-term borrowing by state and local governments

Federal Reserve Bulletin , Issue Dec

Journal Article
Government budgets and property values

Lori L. Taylor debunks several popular beliefs as she examines how property values relate to taxes, government services, and government debt. She finds that, contrary to popular belief, property values do not necessarily decrease when local governments increase taxes to pay for services. Her analysis reveals that taxpayers value all types of government services, including transfer payments such as welfare and health services. Taylor's work also suggests that people do not automatically prefer deficit spending to tax increases.
Economic and Financial Policy Review , Issue Sep , Pages 1-7

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