State Policy Reports

November 2016, Volume 34, Issue 21

Block Grants R Us?

Proposals to convert Medicaid and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to block grants have appeared repeatedly in recent House budget resolutions, and now they could see the light of day.

TANF as a Cautionary Tale

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities recently released new data on state TANF benefits, which document changes since the program’s inception in 1996.

October 2016, Volume 34, Issue 20

A Review of State Tax Commissions

The Urban Institute recently released two reports, one of which focused on state tax commissions over the past 20 years.

With a Focus on Economic Development

The companion study delved deeper into the economic development perspective of state tax commissions.

Curtailing Non-Compete Clauses

The Obama administration has released a “call to action” for states to give attention to non-compete clauses imposed on employees.

October 2016, Volume 34, Issue 19

State Revenue Woes

The latest state revenue summary from the Rockefeller Institute raises concerns about the trajectory of state revenues. The growth rates for the first calendar quarter of 2016 were anemic, and preliminary results for the second quarter were downright gloomy.

Speaking of Which

In a related development, the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) released personal consumption expenditures by state for 2015, which have an impact on state economies and revenues.

September 2016, Volume 34, Issue 18

Index of State Economic Momentum

In the third quarter of 2016, Michigan most closely approximated the national average economic performance. Utah remained at the top of the list, while its neighbor, Wyoming, remained at the bottom

September 2016, Volume 34, Issue 17

SNAP Caseloads Going Down, Down, Down

A recent report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) documents a steep decline in the number of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants in recent years, and a very steep decline in recent months.

SPM: A Better Mousetrap?

The Census Bureau published the sixth release of the supplemental poverty measure (SPM), which takes account of programs and expenses that are not reflected in the official poverty measure.

August 2016, Volume 34, Issue 1516

State Compensation Comparisons

A July report by CBIZ Human Capital Services for the state of Missouri compares average annual state government compensation among the 50 states.

Feds Weigh in on State-Local Education, Corrections Spending

A report by the U.S. Department of Education highlights state and local governments’ spending decisions for corrections versus education.

CBO Outlook Holds Good and Bad News

In its August update, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) offered projections that could inform state fiscal and budget estimates in the coming months and years.

July 2016, Volume 34, Issue 14

Assessing Pre-K Enrollment, Spending, and Quality

June 2016, Volume 34, Issue 12

Index of State Economic Momentum

June 2016, Volume 34, Issue 11

State Minimum Wages Mostly Track Cost of Living

May 2016, Volume 34, Issue 10

Pew on OPEB Liabilities

May 2016, Volume 34, Issue 9

A Tale of Decline, Excepting Medicaid

April 2016, Volume 34, Issue 8

A(nother) Call for State Capital Spending

April 2016, Volume 34, Issue 7

The 2016 Camelot Index

March 2016, Volume 34, Issue 6

Index of State Economic Momentum

March 2016, Volume 34, Issue 5

Fiscal Capacity, Effort, Need, and Gaps

February 2016, Volume 34, Issue 4

Balances and Business Cycles in Sectors and Regions

February 2016, Volume 34, Issue 3

When Disaster Strikes

January 2016, Volume 34, Issue 2

Evaluating the Costs and Benefits of Pre-K

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