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Do New England state and local governments have too many employees, and are they overpaid?


  • Nick Turner
  • E. Matthew Quigley


Americans tend to be ambivalent about their state and local governments. On the one hand, they desire – and receive – a host of public services from state and local governments, including education, police and fire protection, and the maintenance of roadways. Voters are often disenchanted by efforts to curtail these services or by a deterioration in their quality. On the other hand, many Americans think that their state and local taxes, especially local property taxes, are too high, and many citizens believe that their state and local tax dollars could be used more efficiently. Calls for streamlining government agencies and downsizing the public sector are commonplace across the nation.

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  • Nick Turner & E. Matthew Quigley, 2005. "Do New England state and local governments have too many employees, and are they overpaid?," Fiscal Facts, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, issue Sum, pages 1-6,12.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fedbff:y:2005:i:sum:p:1-612:n:34

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    1. Robert Tannenwald, 1990. "Taking charge: should New England increase its reliance on user charges?," New England Economic Review, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, issue Jan, pages 56-74.
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