Brunori LOCAL TAX POLICY

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LOCAL TAX POLICY

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Brunori, a journalist and lawyer who specializes in tax and government issues, examines how local governments are financed, with an eye toward their current and future responsibilities within the American federal system. Arguing that "The existence of local government that Americans are familiar with will be in jeopardy without a significant change in the way local government is financed," he examines the theory, operation, and politics of the local tax system, and demonstrates why it is necessary to revitalize the property tax to support local governments. Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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David Brunori is a journalist, author, educator, and lawyer who specializes in tax and government issues. Brunori is executive vice president of editorial operations at Tax Analysts and is contributing editor for State Tax Notes magazine. He is the author of The Politics of State Taxation, a weekly column focusing on state tax and budget policies. He is a research professor of public policy at The George Washington University where he teaches tax and public finance courses. Previously he served as a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice and practiced law with a Washington, D.C., law firm. He has written several books on state and local tax policy and has published in numerous professional and academic journals. He earned bachelor s and master s degrees from The George Washington University and his law degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

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Brunori provides an insightful and readable treatment of local taxation, focused on the critical role of the often-maligned property tax. In a time of budgetary travails, Brunori's book offers a clear-eyed perspective on the roles and forms of local taxation in our federal fiscal system. --Wallace E. Oates, Professor of Economics, University of Maryland, on the first edition

David Brunori's book should be read by every public official who must deal with the fiscal challenges of running local governments. He identifies the structural challenges that face local governments in America. Of course, there are no quick fixes to these problems but Brunori's thoughtful suggestions will help everyone interested in local issues understand the challenges and consider the potential paths to reform. --Gary C. Cornia, Marriott School of Management, Brigham Young University, and President, National Tax Association, on the first edition

An amazingly accessible commentary on local tax policy that is a 'must read' for legislators and their staff. Brunori once again challenges the conventional wisdom and shakes up our thinking with his brilliant and perceptive insights. --Richard D. Pomp, Professor of Law, University of Connecticut, on the first edition

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