State Policy Reports

April 2016, Volume 34, Issue 7

The 2016 Camelot Index

The Camelot Index was developed by Reports founding editor Hal Hovey, a longtime observer and analyst of state budgets and economies. It ranks states on six “quality of life” measures: economy, health, crime, education, society, and state government. This year’s index features revisions to some measures, but no big changes in overall results.

March 2016, Volume 34, Issue 6

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 in three key measures of economic vitality: personal income growth, employment growth, and population growth. Reports updates the index each quarter. For the first quarter of 2016, Massachusetts most closely approximated the national average economic performance.

March 2016, Volume 34, Issue 5

Fiscal Capacity, Effort, Need, and Gaps

The recently updated Representative Revenue System is an elegant construction that provides a lens through which to view a state’s ability to finance public services. Taken a step further, it also can identify a potential role for federal assistance to equalize differences in fiscal capacity among the states.

February 2016, Volume 34, Issue 4

Balances and Business Cycles in Sectors and Regions

As the current economic recovery grows older, some observers are sizing up where states stand. Recent releases have considered 1) whether states have sufficiently replenished their rainy day funds, 2) how big should those rainy day funds be, and 3) which sector is currently most vulnerable to an economic downturn.

Undocumented Immigrants and State-Local Taxes

The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy recently updated its estimates of the state-local tax payments made by undocumented immigrants in each state.

February 2016, Volume 34, Issue 3

When Disaster Strikes

In determining a state’s eligibility for disaster assistance, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) relies almost exclusively on a single measure, which multiplies a state’s decennial population by a “public assistance indicator.” After receiving recommendations for improving the disaster assistance process, FEMA appears ready to alter that approach.

January 2016, Volume 34, Issue 2

Evaluating the Costs and Benefits of Pre-K

A new study by the Washington Center for Equitable Growth estimates the state-by-state costs and benefits of an effective nationwide early childhood education program.

Tax Burdens in Each State’s Largest City

To provide an apples-to-apples comparison of the District of Columbia’s tax burden relative to other places, the District’s Office of Revenue Analysis prepares an annual study that compares tax rates and tax burdens among the largest cities in each state, including Washington, DC.

January 2016, Volume 34, Issue 1

State and Local Finances in FY 2013

December 2015, Volume 33, Issue 2324

Index of State Economic Momentum

November 2015, Volume 33, Issue 22

Succeeding at Opacity

November 2015, Volume 33, Issue 21

The State-Federal Balance of Payments

October 2015, Volume 33, Issue 20

Revenue Volatility in the Rearview Mirror

October 2015, Volume 33, Issue 19

A Guide to Federal Revenues and Spending

September 2015, Volume 33, Issue 18

Index of State Economic Momentum

September 2015, Volume 33, Issue 17

The Holiday Tax Analysts Love to Hate

August 2015, Volume 33, Issue 1516

Federal Spending Traceable to States

July 2015, Volume 33, Issue 14

Deconstructing Population Changes

July 2015, Volume 33, Issue 13

Employment Then and Now

June 2015, Volume 33, Issue 12

Index of State Economic Momentum

June 2015, Volume 33, Issue 11

Federal Schmederal. If You Want Something Done…

May 2015, Volume 33, Issue 10

State Budget Process Quality Index

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