This panel discussion, with examples from Montana and New Mexico, examines how fiscal policies have failed rural communities.
coal fiscal policies
State and federal fiscal policies hurt rural communities by limiting how local governments can grow, diversify, and invest revenue.
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The most effective fiscal policies for communities facing transition away from coal dependency are those that build wealth over time and strengthen community capacity.
Coal fiscal policies vary widely across the West in terms of how revenue is generated, set aside in permanent savings, or spent by state and local governments.