State and municipalities are facing unprecedented financial challenges because of the COVID crisis. Tax revenues are down and federal help is uncertian. States and localities have failed to convince Washington that they represent not just a good but a necessary investment. Public libraries, school and academic libraries, and support organizations need to have actionable intelligence to understand what's coming and to make smart plans. In this session, join Alan Greenblatt, Senior Staff Writer at Governing Magazine, for a conversation with EveryLibrary's Executive Director John Chrastka for a discussion of what states and municipalities are anticipating revenue shortfalls and how smart leaders are focusing on the future despite the uncertainties.
Alan Greenblatt is Senior Staff Writer for Governing Magazine, and he is the coauthor “Governing States and Localities”, a standard textbook on state and local governments. He previously worked as a reporter for NPR and Congressional Quarterly, where he won the National Press Club’s Sandy Hume award for political journalism. At Governing Magazine, Alan covers many issues of concern to state and local government, including budgets, taxes, and education.