PA Governmental and Non-Governmental Reports

Industrial Revenue Bonds (IRBs)
Category: ALL
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Author: Good Jobs First
This article discusses the basics of industrial revenue bonds, which are often used by public authorities to provide financing for private businesses.
Making Smarter State Investments: The Geographic Distribution of Business Subsidies in Pennsylvania
Category: PA
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Publication Date: 06/01/2010
Author: Keystone Research Center (Dennis Bellafiore, Maria Cristina Herrera, & Stephen Herzenberg)

This report analyzes the geographic distribution of business subsidies, including those awarded by the state’s Industrial Development Authority.

Municipal Authorities: A Report of the Committee on Municipal Authorities of the Joint State Government Commission to the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Category: PA
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Publication Date: 11/30/1944
Author: Joint State Government Commission, Committee on municipal authorities, General Assembly, Pennsylvania
Organizing a Municipal Authority in Pennsylvania: A Practical How to Do It Manual
Category: PA
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Author: Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association
Public Authorities and Private Firms as Providers of Public Goods
Category: ALL
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Publication Date: 09/01/1994
Author: Clayton P. Gillette (Reason Foundation)
This report from the Reason Foundation suggests two primary policy implications: “First, public authorities should be made more accountable, perhaps by removing the immunities they currently enjoy. Second, and more fundamentally, the decision to have public authorities provide major infrastructure should be reconsidered, since private firms can often perform these same public functions, while not suffering from the institutional disadvantages of public authorities.”
The Ideal Deal: How Local Governments Can Get More for Their Economic Development Dollar (March 2007)
Category: ALL
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Author: Rachel Weber (University of Illinois at Chicago) and David Santacroce (University of Michigan Law School) (Good Jobs First)
This report contends that if economic development agencies intend to continue offering incentives, they should do so in a smarter manner. Topics discussed include valuation of public costs and benefits, performance standards, disclosure and oversight, and contract enforcement.
Transportation Funding & Financing: Municipal/Public Bond Issues
Category: ALL
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Author: AASHTO Center for Excellence in Project Finance
This website provides information about transportation findings. Topics include toll-backed revenue bonds; fare box revenue bonds; and general obligation bonds.
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