GFOA recently guided students at California State University, Sacramento in a project on local government revenue. The students, who are in a Master of Public Policy and Administration program, spent a semester considering a problem: that the way California local governments raise their own-source revenue could be outdated, lack transparency, and is predicted to not raise enough future revenue to satisfy the needs and wants of its residents. GFOA’s Rethinking Revenue research publications led the students to contact GFOA for support, and GFOA Executive Director Chris Morrill and Senior Manager of Research Shayne Kavanagh helped define the problem, select alternatives to mitigate it, define evaluation criteria, and participate in a panel discussion. Below are some of the students’ insight from this project.
- Publication date: October 2023
- Authors: Malluli Cuellar, Dexter Davis, Marco Martinez, and Karen McMillen