State and Local Government Financial Analysis and Management

State and local governments are hard‑pressed to maintain balanced budgets without having to eliminate provision of essential public services. Frequent and severe economic fluctuations, taxpayer resistance to the cost of government services, mandates, and decreasing financial aid from the federal government make the need for more efficiency and economy in government urgent and sound financial management essential.

State and Local Government Financial Analysis and Management provides students with an understanding of the fundamental fiscal issues confronting state and local administrators and policymakers, and with the basic technical knowledge and skills required of entry-level professionals in budget and finance offices, legislative agencies, and other organizations associated with the state-local finance function.

This area of study familiarizes students with key institutions involved in state-local finance, application of analytical techniques to fiscal issues, and fiscal data sources.

Among the current research and consulting activities of core faculty are projects involving development of government revenue and expenditure forecasting methods; evaluation of the effects of state and local tax and expenditure limitations; assessing governments' credit-worthiness and ability to finance capital expenditures; state and local financing of environmental infrastructure; financing public employee-benefits; trends in the fiscal condition of central cities; evaluation of the impact of mandates and court orders on local finance; managing local fiscal decisions during the transition to democracy in Eastern Europe; school finance, equity and efficiency; and factors affecting the cost of public services.

While many students who complete this program accept budgeting and finance positions in state and local governments, others go to federal agencies that have responsibilities associated with state and local finance, public interest groups and professional organizations connected with state and local government, and private sector organizations involved in state and local finance.


PAIA Courses

  • Public Budgeting
  • Financial Management in State and Local Governments
  • State and Local Government Finance
  • Urban Policy
  • Metropolitan Government and Politics
  • Managing Individual/Group/Systemic Conflicts
  • Education Policy
  • Public Administration and Law
  • Regulatory Law and Policy
  • Ethics and Public Policy
  • Tax Policy & Politics
  • The Federal Budget, Health Care, and Social Security Reform
  • Health Economics & Policy
  • Technological Innovation in the Public Sector
  • Human Resources Management

Related Courses

Maxwell School & SU College of Law 

  • Public Expenditures
  • Public Finance
  • Pension & Employee Benefit Law

      Alumni Careers

      Visit the Palmer Center for Career Development's Career Field Guide for more information about Careers in State/Local Government & Finance.  

      • City Managers: City of Evanston, IL; City of Wichita, KS; City of Pismo Beach, CA; City of San Luis Obispo, CA, St, Albans City, VT; City of Hampton, VA, etc
      • Executive Director. International City/County Management Association
      • Chief Financial Officer, City of Hollywood, FL
      • Senior Staff Associate, National Association of State Budget Officers
      • Town Administrator, Town of Newcastle, ME
      • Senior Analyst, Federal Reserve System
      • Water Bureau Administrator, City of Portland
      • Deputy Budget Director, State of Maryland
      • Director, Financial Innovation and Transformation, US Department of the Treasury
      • Senior Planner,, City of Pasadena, CA
      • Director of Finance, Town of Brookline, MA
      • Analyst, US Public Finance, Fitch Ratings, Inc
      • Fiscal Director, Jefferson County Public Health Service
      • Senior Advisor of Policy, State of Hawaii
      • Director, Grants Programs, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority
      • Innovation Fellow, The Hartford Financial Services Group
      • Deputy City Manager, Administrative Services Director, Finance Department, City of Brisbane, CA
      • Senior Manager, Strategy and Operations, Deloitte Consulting - US State Government Practice
      • Budget Analyst, NYC Office of Management and Budget
      • Assistant County Manager, Arlington County, VA
      • Manager, Moody's Investment Services
      • Policy Associate, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
      • Management Consultant, State Comptroller's Office, State of NY