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Fiscal Fitness is the MCFE blog.  Check here regularly as we highlight national policy development and new research relevant to ongoing state tax and fiscal policy debates, provide our take on reports and studies released by agencies and other organizations, react to articles and editorials -- in short offer our thoughts and perspective on anything that captures our interest (or gets our dander up).

July 18, 2014

The $10 Billion “Non-Issue”

The “Mission Accomplished” banner is being prepared to hang on the flight deck of the USS Minnesota Pension Fix. Is it justified?

June 23, 2014

Public Corruption, Transparency, and the Payback of Being a Good Government State

A new research study confirms Minnesota's reputation for being a “good government” state  – a characterization likely to foster general feelings of pride among citizens but not a sense of competitive advantage or economic return.  But the magnitude of public corruption in a state also has major…

June 03, 2014

Next Up: OPEB

The words “controversy” and “government accounting” aren’t typically connected, but recent reforms adopted by the Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) regarding financial reporting of public pension obligations brought those ideas together. Now GASB is turning its attention to improving…