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Albany Government Law Review


financial crisis, housing crisis, local government, cities, credit crisis


The ongoing problems in the housing and credit markets, caused by a toxic combination of wholesale deregulation of financial markets by the federal government and imprudent lending and investment practices by financial institutions, pose significant challenges to local and state government officials. Some of these challenges are obvious. How will cities cope with an unprecedented number of foreclosures at the same time that state and local tax revenues are decreasing? When will access to credit ease in a municipal bond market that has constricted as a result of both general credit concerns and questions about the companies insuring those bonds? As the magnitude and seriousness of the current financial crisis becomes clearer, these obvious concerns may prove to be only the precursor to daunting new challenges. This article discusses the implications of the current financial crisis for local governments.