In recent decades, federal and state governments have pushed responsibility for critical investments onto local governments without providing them adequate financial resources. This has led local governments to suffer enormous budget shortfalls, and has created the perception that cities and counties are financially irresponsible. However, there are many equitable and progressive strategies for local governments to raise funds and invest in local communities. Local governments are employing various financing mechanisms and value-capture techniques to finance investments in public transportation, affordable housing, education facilities, reducing air pollution and more. Please see our Policy Roadmaps below to learn more about progressive local strategies for public finance and revenue, and explore our policy database for even more resources.