The law constrains what governments can and cannot do, which is critical information. The School of Government embodies the importance of law and practical scholarship in local government. Whitney Afonso, Greg Allison, and Kirk Boone will use Death & Taxes to focus on the importance of the much needed nonlegal (as opposed to illegal) conversations relating to public finance, governmental accounting, property tax appraisal, budgeting, and so much more.  We believe that not only what a government can do is significant, but it is also very important to understand how it can be done, why it is done, and what to expect when it is done.

Death & Taxes will present information on tax policy, related academic research, and lessons from public finance successes and failures. We (and the occasional guest authors) will be pulling from expertise within North Carolina but also looking for insights from beyond our borders.  We are excited to have you join us on this blog and hope that you will comment, check in weekly, and let us know what you what you would like to see from us.

We really do want Death & Taxes to be the public finance blog you can’t avoid.