The Local Crunch: How states pass the pain to cities and counties

Tough economic times are taking a toll on the relationship between states and localities. In this series, Stateline examines what's at stake as states cut local aid and shift responsibilities to cities and counties.

Infographic: How California Redevelopment Agencies Work
October 5, 2011 By Mary Mahling, Special to Stateline

Infographic: How California Redevelopment Agencies Work

Under California law, when cities and counties declare an area blighted, a redevelopment agency takes responsibility for urban renewal. More

October 5, 2011 By Rob Gurwitt, Special to Stateline

In California, a State and Local War Over Revenue and Responsibilities

PART THREE OF THREE: At a desperate fiscal moment, California's state legislators and city officials are barely on speaking terms. Governor Jerry Brown lacks the power to bring the feuding factions into line. More

Infographic: Local Government By The Numbers
October 4, 2011 By Carla Uriona, Special to Stateline

Infographic: Local Government By The Numbers

There are 89,476 local governments in the United States. More

October 4, 2011 By Rob Gurwitt, Special to Stateline

Unlikely Duo of Daniels and Cuomo Crusades to Shrink Local Government

PART TWO OF THREE: How many local governments does a state need? A lot fewer than most of them have, say governors Mitch Daniels and Andrew Cuomo. More

Infographic: State Cuts in Funding to Localities, Fiscal Year 2012
October 3, 2011 By Carla Uriona, Special to Stateline

Infographic: State Cuts in Funding to Localities, Fiscal Year 2012

In fiscal terms, this has been the year local governments have feared ever since the Great Recession began - the year states voted for drastic cutbacks in the aid they provide to cities, counties and townships. More

October 3, 2011 By Rob Gurwitt, Special to Stateline

As States Cut Aid, Localities Learn to Do Less With Less

PART ONE OF THREE: Since the Great Recession began, states have been slashing aid to localities. Some see an opportunity to make cities and counties more efficient, but others say local budget gaps and layoffs are making it hard to provide basic services. More

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