The Detroit Free Press recently published their study of the city of Detroit's fiscal situation as it developed since World War II and how it developed into complete collapse early in this century.
Look at this place. This is a balance statement with all the obfuscation and outright lies removed.
Why doesn't every city and state have a similar in depth study available on-line of their past performance and concept of operation for the future? Well, yeah. I know why no state or city wants anything remotely like this kind of forensic study conducted. Hard to get re-elected when everybody knows how dismal future prospects really are.