Promoting Municipal Fiscal Health
The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy announced a multi-year campaign to promote Municipal Fiscal Health in the U.S. and worldwide, to help cities confront an epidemic of insolvency and restore the capacity for local governments to provide basic services and plan for the future. “We need a fresh start that recognizes the structural elements of the fiscal stress we see in cities in the U.S. and all around the world, from Puerto Rico to China and throughout the burgeoning metropolitan areas in the developing world,” said Lincoln Institute president George W. “Mac” McCarthy. “Our roads, sewers and levees are crumbling under the weight of fiscal stress and underinvestment,” said former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, co-chair of Building America’s Future and a Lincoln Institute board member.
Managing State Trust Lands, Updated
A comprehensive report on the management of state trust lands in the West has been updated to reflect the latest policy innovations and best practices. State Trust Lands in the West: Fiduciary Duty in a Changing Landscape (Updated), co-authored by Peter Culp, Andy Laurenzi, Cynthia Tuell, and Alison Berry, is the product of Western Lands and Communities, a joint program of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and the Sonoran Institute.
What would Henry George say?
The economist sounding the alarm about extreme inequality today is Thomas Piketty, whose 700-page Capital in the Twenty-First Century became a bestseller. The towering figure of the late 19th century in the original Gilded Age was Henry George, whose Progress and Poverty was equally if not more popular. In the penultimate Lincoln Lecture of the spring series last month, Edward O’Donnell, Associate Professor of History at Holy Cross College in Worcester, Mass., and author of "Henry George and the Crisis of Inequality: Progress and Poverty in the Gilded Age," posed the question, what would Henry George say today?
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