ERIC Number: ED238121
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Big Squeeze on Tax Revenues for the Public Schools: The Midwest in the 1980s.
Geske, Terry G.
Potential revenue prospects for the public schools in the Midwest basically depend on the future outlook for the midwestern economy as a whole. Accordingly, a comprehensive analysis is undertaken of the midwestern economy and tax base, and then of trends in educational spending. Topics include: (1) economic growth and taxation systems; (2) demographic and economic trends; (3) federal, state, and local revenue systems; and (4) state education systems in the Midwest, in general and state by state. The latter includes analysis of declining public school enrollments, shifting sources of school revenues, school expenditures, and finance reform. The study concludes that policy-makers in the Midwest will continue to be confronted with difficult decisions regarding trade offs between cutting public services and increasing taxes. Furthermore, revenue-limiting provisions may make it difficult for states to raise sufficient public service revenues. Accordingly, states are likely to place greater pressure on local governments to increase their share of school financing. A 5-page bibliography concludes the study. (TE)
Descriptors: Economic Change, Economic Climate, Economic Research, Educational Economics, Educational Equity (Finance), Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Equalization Aid, Finance Reform, Financial Policy, Financial Support, Fiscal Capacity, Government School Relationship, Inflation (Economics), Politics of Education, Property Taxes, Resource Allocation, Revenue Sharing, School Taxes, State Federal Aid, Tax Effort, Tax Rates
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Researchers; Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: United States (Midwest)