Category: Research

November Elections: What's at Stake for Local Revenue?

With so much collective attention on the Presidential race and the long list of 11 statewide propositions on next month’s ballot, it’s easy to overlook the many local measures also in front of voters. According to a report produced for the League of California Cities, there are over 350 local measures on the November 6th

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How Do LA Voters Feel About Taxes?

On August 21st, the Los Angeles City Council convened a Revenue Day to discuss ways to generate, enhance or improve collection of city revenue. The city’s Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Miguel Santana stressed that after years of deep budget cuts, the city is left with few options to address ongoing budget deficits.  Without a new

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Why Do Cities Go Bankrupt?

In recent months, there have been many stories in the news about California cities facing the threat of bankruptcy.  What’s going on?  Is Los Angeles in any danger of joining the ranks of Stockton, Mammoth Lakes, and San Bernardino? Cities go bankrupt for a variety of reasons.  Budget deficits are increasingly common at all levels

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LA’s Budget Falls Short

July 1st marks the beginning of a new fiscal year in the City of LA.  With next year’s budget approved and the threat of layoffs averted, at least for now, the City Council and Mayor may feel like they can breathe easy for the moment.  But it’s time for more hard work to begin. The City

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Twenty Years Later: Reflections on the Civil Unrest

The twentieth anniversary of the civil unrest has prompted thought and reflection on our city, our neighborhoods and our home. There’s been a lot written about what’s changed since April 1992 and what’s the same. Over the last few weeks, I’ve been thinking a lot about what this anniversary means for SCOPE’s vision for change

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Do Tax Cuts Create Jobs?

As the economy struggles to recover, a local debate is brewing: do tax cuts create jobs? If so, how many, and at what cost? Two recent studies commissioned by the online casino österreich at very different answers to these questions.   The first study, from USC Professor Charles Swenson, said that eliminating the business tax would

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