Articles By: Ashley Fabrizio

/ September 12, 2009 1:26 am

Education in California During the Budget Crisis: A Silver Lining?

On February 20, 2009, California state legislators ended months of negotiations when they closed a vast $41.6 billion budget gap through fiscal year 2010. Even after factoring in the expected federal stimulus funds, the final agreement called for spending cuts, temporary tax increases, and new borrowing. Public education has been one of the budget crisis’s biggest victims, since state funding ... Read More

and / May 24, 2009 2:20 am

Cities Without Limits

How long-term factors drive municipal economies In May 2008, the city of Vallejo, Calif. became the first urban victim of the global financial crisis when it filed for Chapter Nine bankruptcy, the first Californian city ever to do so. Defending this decision, Vallejo’s mayor argued that a weak economy caused by the bursting of the housing bubble had left the ... Read More

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