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Each year state and local governments spend $4 trillion dollars. Where does that money come from? Where does it go? Who manages it? And what do citizens and taxpayers have to show for it? In this podcast we explore the budgets, bonds, and bureaucrats at the heart of state and local public finance. The Public Money Pod is a production of the University of Chicago's Center for Municipal Finance. It is co-hosted by Liz Farmer and Justin Marlowe.

Public Money Pod Center for Municipal Finance

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    • 4.6 • 17 Ratings

Each year state and local governments spend $4 trillion dollars. Where does that money come from? Where does it go? Who manages it? And what do citizens and taxpayers have to show for it? In this podcast we explore the budgets, bonds, and bureaucrats at the heart of state and local public finance. The Public Money Pod is a production of the University of Chicago's Center for Municipal Finance. It is co-hosted by Liz Farmer and Justin Marlowe.

    Financial Leadership in the Golden State, with California Treasurer Fiona Ma

    Financial Leadership in the Golden State, with California Treasurer Fiona Ma

    We wrap up Season 2 with California Treasurer Fiona Ma. We cover California’s deficit; the challenge and opportunity of ESG investing; why housing affordability is California's number one policy challenge; how she advocates for Calfornia's agriculture; why she's a card carrying SAG member; and how Kristi Yamaguchi helped her save San Francisco's Cow Palace, among many other topics. In Ripped from the Headlines, we look deeper into California's plan to put multiple bond proposals on the ballot to address some of its ongoing challenges.

    • 45 min
    Season 2 Retrospective

    Season 2 Retrospective

    As we wrap up season 2, we look back at some of the themes that dominated the season. These key themes include state revenue challenges, the emergence of AI in public finance, cybersecurity, the impact of e-sports on public finance, the economies of "industry" cities, and how municipalities are thinking about building back better.

    • 43 min
    Paying for the Polls, with Zach Mohr

    Paying for the Polls, with Zach Mohr

    We talk to Zach Mohr, Professor at the University of Kansas, about all things elections (not campaign!) finance. He unpacks the many types election administration costs; why states are banning private investment in elections administration; how elections administration competes with other core state/local services; and why, given all these challenges, elections administration is "a miracle." In Ripped from the Headlines, we discuss an article that explains how the looming threat of federal government shutdowns interferes with predictable funding for state/local elections.

    • 40 min
    Leading for Local Resilience, with Genesis Gavino

    Leading for Local Resilience, with Genesis Gavino

    We welcome Genesis Gavino, Chief of Staff and Resilience Officer for the City of Dallas, TX. She explains why resilience is an environmental, financial, and equity issue; the challenges of climate adaptation for a "Blue City in a Red State"; why Dallas has prioritized climate adaptation; how the city measures progress and holds itself accountable for resilience goals and plans; and how membership in voluntary climate organizations helps create urban resiliency, among many other topics. In Ripped from the Headlines, we discuss a story from The Atlantic about how "climate migrants" might remake the Great Lakes region.

    • 44 min
    Changes, Constants, and Cycles in California Budgeting, with Gabe Petek

    Changes, Constants, and Cycles in California Budgeting, with Gabe Petek

    We converse on California's state budget with Gabe Petek, Legislative Analyst for the State of California. He explains California's dueling state budget deficit figures; why the current revenue shortfall is different than the 2008 recession; how much of California's budget woes are "structural" vs. "cyclical"; how he and Governor Newsom propose to address the budget deficit; why economic mobility matters to state budgeting; and how Gabe's prior life in Muniland shapes his views the Legislative Analyst's role, among many other topics. In Ripped from the Headlines, we discuss a story about how a new education program in Maryland is leading to large projected budget deficits over the next few years.

    • 44 min
    The Cost of Administrative Burden, with Don Moynihan

    The Cost of Administrative Burden, with Don Moynihan

    Professor Don Moynihan from Georgetown University's McCourt School of Public Policy shares his views on "administrative burden." He tells us how he defines administrative burden and why it's important for state and local public money, the opportunities and trade offs involved in reducing administrative burden, and what the pandemic taught us about how we might redesign the social safety net. In Ripped from the Headlines, we discuss an article about Maine's move to offer free lunch to all public school students, and what that move has meant for data about poverty.

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

Rudes77 ,

The Best Finance Podcast on The Stuff That Impacts Us Most

I’m a finance professional and work in this space, and I recommend this podcast to everyone I know who cares how governments are funded, the constant pickles they are in finance-wise usually through no fault of their own, and what we can all do to help our communities. The cohosts are knowledgeable and, most importantly, VERY INTERESTING and ENJOYABLE. Those are in all caps because this topic may seem dry to some people, but thanks to the hosts, they make the important stuff covered here fun and easily digestible. Kudos!

taxation_wo_representation ,

taxation_without_representation

Covers the important/mundane world of local budgets engagingly. Two great expert hosts. I listen every time.

portillo_wonk ,

portillo_wonk

Great pod. Lots of awesome content. Stuff that’s boring brought to life and made interesting.

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