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State and Local Fiscal Policy

Thinking Outside the Box? Edited by Sally Wallace, Professor of Economics and Associate Director, Fiscal Research Center, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University, US
In this broad and illuminating work, experts on public finance discuss innovations in state and local tax policy that have been implemented or considered over the course of the last three decades. The authors provide original work that analyzes whether state and local governments have ‘gone outside the box’ to deal with the strains of current public finances or have gotten along by adhering to the status quo. This book provides researchers, students and policy makers with evaluations and analyses by well-known scholars in the area of state and local public finance of actual practices and analysis of potential policy changes for the future.
Extent: 288 pp
Hardback Price: $136.00 Web: $122.40
Publication Date: 2010
ISBN: 978 1 84844 424 9
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Public Finance
  • Public Sector Economics
  • Politics and Public Policy
  • Public Policy
The last few decades have presented a new set of challenges and opportunities for public finances. Demographic trends have put substantial pressure on non-discretionary public expenditures such as health care, while legal challenges have put pressure on education financing. The author illustrates how these national trends have also impacted state and local finances – some directly, others indirectly. The economic downturn further constrains state and local governments’ options for dealing with national trends. Constituents’ sentiment toward the size of government further exacerbates fiscal choices for state and local governments.

In this broad and illuminating volume, experts on public finance discuss innovations in state and local tax policy implemented or considered over the course of the last three decades. The authors provide original work that analyzes whether state and local governments have ‘gone outside the box’ to deal with the strains of current public finances or have gotten along by adhering to the status quo. Well-known scholars in the area of state and local public finance consider actual practices and analyze potential policy changes for the future.

Public policy and public finance scholars and students as well as policy makers will find much of interest in this impressive and original collection.
Contributors: D. Bruce, R.C. Fisher, M.M. Kassis, D.R. Mullins, I. Popov, J. Rork, J.S. Seligman, D.L. Sjoquist, W.J. Smith, R. Tannenwald, K. Thurmaier, B. Waisanen, S. Wallace, R.W. Wassmer, J. Weiner, L. Wheeler, K. Willoughby
Contents:

PART I: THE PERFECT STORM?
1. Introduction and Overview
Sally Wallace

2. Major State–Local Policy Challenges: Outside-the-Box Solutions Needed
Ronald C. Fisher

3. Genesis of State–Local Creativity
Robert Tannenwald, Jennifer Weiner and Igor Popov

Discussant Comments: Mary Mathewes Kassis
Discussant Comments: Jason S. Seligman

PART II: HOW STATES COPE WITH ALTERNATIVE STRUCTURES
4. Going Without an Income Tax: How do States do it?
David L. Sjoquist

5. California’s State and Local Revenue Structure After Proposition 13: Is Denial the Appropriate Way to Cope?
Robert W. Wassmer

Discussant Comments: Don Bruce

PART III: NEW FORMS OF TAXATION
6. An Exploration of Various Corporate Tax Structures in Georgia: Some Effects of Moving from Three-Factor Apportionment of Corporate Income to a Gross Receipts Tax
Jonathan Rork and Laura Wheeler

7. Can Georgia Move from Income Tax to Consumption Tax?
Sally Wallace

Discussant Comments: William J. Smith

PART IV: EVALUATING STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT FINANCES AND BUDGETING
8. Reaching and Maintaining Structural Balance: Leaders in the States
Katherine Willoughby

9. Fiscal Limitations on Local Choice: The Imposition and Effects of Local Government Tax and Expenditure Limitations
Daniel R. Mullins

Discussant Comments: Kurt Thurmaier

Out-of-the-Box Conference: An Epilogue
Bert Waisanen

Index