The Ins and Outs of Your City Budget

Editor’s Note: Amid a surge of interest in police budgets, CityLab’s visual storyteller Ariel Aberg-Riger takes on the sometimes-impenetrable city budget process: Why it’s so hard to understand, ways to make it more accessible, and clues to being a better budget advocate. 

Further Reading:

  • “Freedom to Thrive: Reimagining Safety & Security in our Communities,” Center for Popular Democracy
  • Explore city budget visualizations:Philadelphia,Oakland,Arlington
  • “Citizen’s Guide to Local Budgets,”New York State Comptroller’s Office
  • “This is How Much Major Cities Prioritize Police Spending Versus Everything Else,”  GQ 
  • “The ‘People’s Budget’ Movement Behind LA’s Decision to Cut its Police Budget,” CityLab
  • “The Cities Taking Up Calls to Defund the Police,” CityLab
  • Listen: “Would Defunding the Police Make Us Safer?”  The Atlantic
  • “How the Coronavirus Will Harm State and City Budgets,” Council on Foreign Relations
  • “Movement to Defund Police Gains ‘Unprecedented’ Support across US,”  Guardian

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