Fri, Mar 31, 2017

State Collection of Local Government Public Finance Data

In a conversation with a few colleagues, the question came up of which states collect public finance data on their respective local governments. Over the years, I have been keeping a list of such resources just in case I might want/need to use the data for a project. It dawned on me that I probably should not be hoarding this resource.

Tue, Feb 14, 2017

Maps in R using library(maps), Update!

I’ve previously written about how to make simple, print ready maps in R using library(maps). Unfortunately, the more recent versions the county database has some issues with relating FIPS codes to the correct county on the map. I’ve found that I had to roll back library(maps) to version 2.3-0 in order to get the county database to work as advertised. (FWIW, I haven’t had any issues with any of the other databases in the more recent versions.

Tue, Jan 13, 2015

Property Tax Reliance in U.S. County Areas

The property tax has a number of desirable properties. State and local governments have been using it in the U.S. forever, and it’s incredibly stable (up to a point, see 2008-2009). The tax is easy to administer at the local level. It can also be thought of as a benefits tax. Local control of the rate and the base enhances fiscal autonomy. Finally, the property tax is a highly visible and transparent form of taxation.

Thu, Jul 11, 2013

Maps in R using library(maps)

My last few posts have included a large number of maps to visualize the Census of Governments’ organizations data. Rather than using a full fledged GIS program like ArcGIS or QGIS, I made these maps using the statistical and graphics program R. There are a number of reasons for this decision, principally the need to create a large number of similar maps. Writing code to accomplish this task is a lot easier than making a number of identical maps by hand.

Some of my random musing. Typically on data visualization. Sometimes my research. Sometimes both. View an index of posts by category.



Where

subscribe

To receive updates from this site, you can subscribe to the  RSS feed of all updates to the site in an RSS feed reader

search