October 29, 2001
Finance insider takes on state-local finance
Most anyone involved with public policy in post-Proposition 13 California runs headlong into the complicated,
seemingly unfixable financing arrangement between state and
local governments. Reform of the system has proven elusive,
and temporary, band-aid solutions now sit one atop another.
A new, no-nonsense explanation of the problem is now available
from the California Institute for County Government. The institute
is affiliated with the Center for California Studies at California
State University, Sacramento.
The publication, the latest in the institute's "Perspectives"
series, is titled "State-local Fiscal Reform - Will We
Know It When We See It?"
Written by respected state finance expert Diane Cummins, currently
the chief fiscal policy advisor to the president pro tempore
of the State Senate, it provides a brief history of state-local
financing, some possible reasons it goes wrong and suggestions
for making it better.
The California Institute for County Government studies county
policy and fiscal issues and offers consulting to county government.
It publishes occasional reports and maintains extensive county
statistical information, much of which is available on its
Copies of "State-local Fiscal Reform - Will We Know It
When We See It?" and additional information are available
by contacting the institute's director, Matthew Newman, at
(916) 324-0796, sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting
the institute's website at www.cicg.org. Additional media
assistance is available by contacting CSUS public affairs
at (916) 278-6156.
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