State Policy Reports

August 2015, Volume 33, Issue 1516

Federal Spending Traceable to States

Federal Spending Traceable to States
This issue of Reports provides a summary of detail released by The Pew Charitable Trusts, which has cataloged federal spending by state from fiscal year (FY) 2004 to FY 2013. Pew’s analysis fills a void left by the discontinuation of the Consolidated Federal Funds Report, a Census Bureau publication that last reported data for FY 2010.

July 2015, Volume 33, Issue 14

Deconstructing Population Changes

Every December, the U.S. Census Bureau releases new state population estimates for the preceding July 1. While each state’s annual change attracts attention, the components of the change often fly under the radar. These components reveal substantial variations among states.

GASB Mandates Tax Break Transparency

A recent decision by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) may usher in a change to the opaqueness of state and local tax abatement programs.

July 2015, Volume 33, Issue 13

Employment Then and Now

It is well-understood that the recovery from the Great Recession has been slow, especially with respect to employment. What may be less widely known is that the job growth that has occurred has been uneven, among both states and industries.

June 2015, Volume 33, Issue 12

Index of State Economic Momentum

The Index of State Economic Momentum, developed by Reports founding editor Hal Hovey, ranks states based on their most recent performance on three key measures of economic vitality: personal income growth, employment growth, and population growth. Reports updates the index each quarter. The theme of this update is “things change,” although it sometimes takes a while.

June 2015, Volume 33, Issue 11

Federal Schmederal. If You Want Something Done…

As congressional leaders continue to express pessimism about the prospects for a long-term transportation bill, financing for surface transportation continues to lag both current spending levels and assessed need. While the first half of the year saw an uptick in activity on the state side, traditional solutions such as gas tax increases remain nearly as elusive for state legislators as for federal ones.

May 2015, Volume 33, Issue 10

State Budget Process Quality Index

A good budget process gives people confidence that their state is run in an orderly, efficient, and open manner. Reports periodically updates its Index of State Budget Process Quality, timed to coincide with updates of the National Association of State Budget Officers publication on budget processes. Several of the components are items that states seldom change but others cover areas that have been the subject of revisions in recent years.

May 2015, Volume 33, Issue 9

States Still Struggling. Or Not.

April 2015, Volume 33, Issue 8

Off-Label Uses of Higher Ed Research

April 2015, Volume 33, Issue 7

The 2015 Camelot Index

March 2015, Volume 33, Issue 6

Index of State Economic Momentum

March 2015, Volume 33, Issue 5

K-12 Funding: It’s Complicated

February 2015, Volume 33, Issue 4

State Tax System Shaming

February 2015, Volume 33, Issue 3

State Tax Collections after the Tumult

January 2015, Volume 33, Issue 2

Swapping with Eyes Wide Open

January 2015, Volume 33, Issue 1

State and Local Finances in FY 2012

December 2014, Volume 32, Issue 23

Index of State Economic Momentum

November 2014, Volume 32, Issue 22

Energy-Related This-and-That

November 2014, Volume 32, Issue 21

TANF Report Challenges Conventional Wisdom

October 2014, Volume 32, Issue 20

How Liquid Are Your Assets: FAQs on HQLAs

October 2014, Volume 32, Issue 19

State Prison Population on the Uptick

September 2014, Volume 32, Issue 18

Index of State Economic Momentum

September 2014, Volume 32, Issue 17

Where it Pays to be a Working Woman

August 2014, Volume 32, Issue 1516

Taming the Impact of the Business Cycle

July 2014, Volume 32, Issue 14

Caution on State Pension Plans

July 2014, Volume 32, Issue 13

Areas with Concentrated Poverty

June 2014, Volume 32, Issue 12

Index of State Economic Momentum