city budgeting for equity and recovery fines and fees american rescue plan bloomberg cities

Reforming fines and fees to reduce inequality and support fiscal health

While fines and fees are an important source of revenue for many jurisdictions, there can be hidden costs that harm the long-term economic prospects for people of color. American Rescue Plan funding provides opportunities for local governments to reform their fines and fees and create financial empowerment tools for their residents. This brief shows how data analysis and resident engagement can reduce racial and economic disparities, while creating more sustainable revenue sources.

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