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.
The financial fallout from Covid-19 is starting to affect local governments' renewable-energy transition plans and climate action efforts.
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.
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.
A looming fiscal crisis raises another fear for US cities: State oversight and financial control boards
Municipal finance experts worry the pandemic economy may revive some fraught methods for cutting city budgets.
City Monitor analysed the past three years of general-fund budgets from US cities that have seen major or noteworthy protests in 2020.
Unpacking the financial reality of mass transit's uncertain future.