Media Briefing: New Report Examines How Cities Are Balancing Budgets

Date: May 18, 2009

Telephone Media Briefing
Pew's Philadelphia Research Initiative

Philadelphia, PA 19103


A new report from The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Philadelphia Research Initiative looks at how Philadelphia and other major cities across the U.S. are coping with the recession and some of the decisions being made to balance budgets. The study examines what is causing city-budget gaps and the various ways cities are reducing expenditures and generating revenue. 

Tough Decisions and Limited Options: How Philadelphia and Other Cities are Balancing Budgets in a Time of Recession examines the budget gaps and decisions that have been proposed or enacted in 13 American cities:  Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Columbus (OH), Detroit, Kansas City (MO), Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh and Seattle.

Monday, May 18 at 1:30 p.m. EST
Telephone media briefing

The report is available at
Larry Eichel—Project Director, The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Philadelphia Research Initiative
Claire Shubik—Senior Associate, The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Philadelphia Research Initiative 

To RSVP for the teleconference, contact:
Cindy Jobbins, 215.575.4812, 
Emily Cheramie Walz, 215.575.4809,

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