This panel discussion, with examples from Montana and New Mexico, examines how fiscal policies have failed rural communities.
state fiscal policy
State and federal fiscal policies hurt rural communities by limiting how local governments can grow, diversify, and invest revenue.
Where rural recreation counties rely on public funding for health care, fiscal solutions should diversify the ways local governments can save and spend.
States were granted trust lands by the U.S. Congress to generate revenue to fund public institutions, primarily public schools.