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City and County Governments in the Time of COVID-19 and the Recession: The Long and Winding Road:

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local government, local revenue, recession, COVID-19, emergency response, intergovernmental affairs



The unprecedented double blow of the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing steep recession challenges local governments in profound ways, from managing public health responses, ensuring the safety of workers, and balancing budgets in the midst of extreme uncertainty. How are local governments in the U.S. navigating these turbulent times? What impacts on revenues and services are they seeing? How does all of this impact their relationships with federal and state levels of government? Through in-depth interviews with thirty top local leaders (mayors or city/county managers), this article provides an insightful snapshot that begins to answer these questions.

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State and Local Government Review, v. 52, issue 1, p. 28-52