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Detroit Rising

Sponsored by State Budget Solutions and the Manhattan Institute, this two day conference will discuss the way forward for Detroit and lessons learned for other cities on the brink. 
“How The Motor City is Rebuilding and Returning to Greatness”
Thursday, July 17, 2014 at …

Detroit: The Next American City of Opportunity

State and local governments are the laboratories of democracy where new ideas are first tried and tested. The Manhattan Institute has spent over thirty years working on policies to improve the quality of life and the vitality of local economies in cities across the country. …

Public Pension Reform: Benefit Design as the Key to Sustainability

The recent bankruptcy of Detroit highlights the dire straits state and local government pension plans across America find themselves in today. While the Motor City’s unfunded pension obligation is pegged at $3.5 billion by emergency manager Kevyn Orr, estimates of the nationwide public pension deficit range from $730 billion to $4.4 trillion, with many financial economists siding with the latter number. Most recently, a legal decision in Detroit has demonstrated that pension promises made to workers are not beyond the reach of bankruptcy court. .

Save Our Cities: Reforming Public Pensions to Protect Public Services

Across the country, the high cost of expansive and underfunded public employee pensions is “crowding out” spending on essential government services. With the City of Detroit’s recent bankruptcy declaration, this crisis has reached a critical point. What comes next? What should be done? To answer …

What Wisconsin’s experience can mean for America

JULY 9th, 2012

After winning the historic recall election in June, Governor Scott Walker will visit the Manhattan Institute to explain his experience reforming the public sector and freeing cities and states to find their own sound fiscal footing. His leadership is …

Gina M. Raimondo wins 2011 Urban Innovator Award

On Thursday, January 5, 2012, the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research will present its annual Urban Innovator Award as part of its effort to promote effective approaches to improving life in America’s cities. The Manhattan Institute’s Center for State and Local Leadership selected Gina M. Raimondo, …

A new social contract: reforming the terms of public employment in America

States continue to grapple with the three-year fiscal crisis that has involved intense battles over everything from public employee pensions and benefits to collective bargaining. On September 20, 2011, at a conference headlined by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, the Manhattan …