Listen: Economic Pressures on Local Governments

I know a few local folks who might have a few things to say about that topic, featured this morning on the Diane Rehm show. You can listen there once the podcast is up or now if it's not yet 11am on Tuesday morning.

And if they really want to get provocative, how about asking the guests how many local electeds will call the fines and fees they're imposing or increasing, whether the service is provided by a private contractor or not, a new tax, given the Supreme Court's health care act ruling last week. 

Here's the description:

Stockton, Calif., is the largest U.S. city to declare bankruptcy, and others could follow. A panel joins Diane to discuss economic pressures on local governments and the push for privatizing public services.


Michael Nadol, managing director, Public Financial Management, former deputy Mayor, Philadelphia, adjunct professor of competitive government, University of Pennsylvania Fels Institute of Government.
Kim Rueben, public finance economist, The Urban Institute, Washington, D.C.
Harris Kenny, policy analyst, Reason Foundation
Kerry Korpi, director of research and collective bargaining, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

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