The Bedrosian Center serves as: a focal point for the discussion of pressing issues the nation faces regarding how the public sector can work better, a conduit through which the best practices and cutting edge thinking about strategies are made known broadly, and a center of education for public sector principals and staff with the goal of improving government effectiveness in implementing policy. Our faculty have broad interests in research in policy-relevant research and governance more broadly.
In the summer of 2013, eighteen students conducted research for the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee (CTCAC) as part of a Masters of Planning studio course led by Dr. Jan Breidenbach. Located in the Treasurer’s Office, CTCAC is the state entity responsible for administering the federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program, which serves as the largest source of financing for low-income housing production in the country. The LIHTC establishes two tiers of tax credits for affordable housing production: a four percent credit given automatically to those projects meeting baseline criteria, and a nine percent credit for those chosen through a competitive amenity point process. The driving idea behind this policy is that projects built with credits from the competitive nine percent process will go above and beyond minimum requirements for providing quality affordable housing. But how do we define quality and success in subsidized housing, and is the program achieving this desired effect? ( … more)
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Cities’ responses to the Great Recession, and their options for recovery
Cities, counties, school districts, and other local governments have endured a long-lasting period of fiscal challenges since the beginning of the Great Recession in 2007. Metropolitan governments continue to adjust to the “new normal” of sharply lower property values, consumer sales, and personal income. Contributors to this volume include elected officials, academics, key people in city administrations, and other nationally recognized experts who discuss solutions to the urban problems created by the Great Recession.
Metropolitan Resilience in a Time of Economic Turmoil looks at the capacity of local governments to mobilize resources efficiently and effectively, as well as the overall effects of the long-term economic downturn on quality of life. Introducing the reader to the fiscal effects of the Great Recession on cities, the book examines the initial fraying and subsequent mending of the social safety net, the opportunities for pursuing economic development strategies, the challenges of interjurisdictional cooperation, and the legacy costs of pension liabilities and infrastructure decay.
“Particularly important at a time when cities and metros are compelled to innovate and problem-solve on their own, given the absence of federal and often state leadership.”–Bruce Katz, coauthor of The Metropolitan Revolution
“In this book, Michael A. Pagano brings together a stellar set of multidisciplinary and multigenerational scholars to reconsider the urban agenda in the post–Great Recession era. They offer a coherent focus on local capacities for adaptation and change in dealing with core issues such as infrastructure, pensions, economic vitality, social safety nets, and collaborative initiatives.”–Susan E. Clarke, coeditor of The Oxford Handbook on Urban Politics
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