Global Urbanism, Urban Governance, Political-Economy and Global Development, Quantitative and Comparative-Historical Methods, and Housing and the Courts.
My work has gone on from the original survey of Rent Court to trying to understand the role of the judiciary in perpetuating inequality through the corporatization of the state. — specifically the role of the court as a revenue stream for the entire court system in MD — both as the manifestation of fees and charges as a regressive taxation system on the poorest segment of the population and the move of state institutions financed as part of the public good, to a corporatized state system where each component is supposed to “pay for itself”. Thus, in 2014, District Court had $111 million for its budget and brought in over $103 million in revenue. So the state (Annapolis) only had to spend aprox $8 million in general public funds to “finance” the entire MD District Court. The rest of the court was funded through fees and other charges imposed on people brought to the court (ie. primarily for housing and traffic issues). Its the manifest illustration how the inability to touch ‘taxes’ in politics has created the rise of massive fees and charges in all areas of local government to subsidize revenue and institutions that were set up to ‘help’ certain populations are now actively feeding off them to sustain their budgets and organizations.