State and local officials in the US are faced with a lot of bad options, but they don't have to cut jobs and services.
Relying on targeted taxes and fees has proved troublesome this year, while property taxes look like a relatively safe bet.
As cities and states across the US face stark budget decisions, recent history in Wisconsin provides an object lesson in what can happen when a public-sector workforce shrinks.
The idea is to address economic pain by giving people money, no strings attached. A few places are testing it out to see what happens.
Congress appears unlikely to help with the looming Covid-related budget disaster that nearly every local government in America now faces. And cuts in the public sector will only worsen the recession.
Law professor James Forman Jr discusses the dangers of overreacting to an uptick in violent crime.