January 2018, Volume 36, Issue 1

Updated Internet Sales Tax Estimates

A recent Government Accountability Office study found that state and local governments could collect billions in additional revenue from taxing internet sales.

State Coincident Index

The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia produces a monthly index for each state, combining four indicators to summarize current economic conditions.

The Cost of the Opioid Crisis

The American Enterprise Institute released a preview of its state-by-state economic analysis of the opioid epidemic. 

December 2017, Volume 35, Issue 23-24

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. In the final quarter of 2017, Idaho claimed the top spot, while Alabama most closely approximated the national average economic performance.

The Continuum of State Fiscal Stress

Reports developed the Continuum of State Fiscal Stress to give a sense of the challenges states face in a given fiscal year. This edition of the continuum focuses on fiscal year 2017.

November 2017, Volume 35, Issue 22

State Spending: Medicaid Marches On…

The National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO) recently released its annual State Expenditure Report. As in prior years, increases were dominated by Medicaid.

… to the Beat of FMAP

Within Medicaid, one factor that plays a huge role in state spending is the federal medical assistance percentage, or FMAP.

November 2017, Volume 35, Issue 21

Personal Consumption Expenditures and State Sales Taxes

The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) released personal consumption expenditures by state for 2016, which reflect state economies and affect state revenues. They also raise the issue of whether state sales tax bases are well-positioned to tax consumption.

October 2017, Volume 35, Issue 20

State and Local Finances in FY 2015

The Census Bureau has released its state and local finance series for fiscal year 2015, which allows an apples-to-apples comparison of tax structures and burdens among the states. This issue focuses on the revenue highlights of the new data.

October 2017, Volume 35, Issue 19

The State-Federal Balance of Payments

An enduring question in state-federal fiscal relations is, “How much does each state get back for every dollar it sends to Washington?”  Recent weeks have seen two reports that answer the question. Happily, their results are similar.

September 2017, Volume 35, Issue 18

The Index of State Economic Momentum

September 2017, Volume 35, Issue 17

Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance

August 2017, Volume 35, Issue 15-16

Federal Spending Traceable to States in FY 2015

July 2017, Volume 35, Issue 13

Medicaid on the Chopping Block?

June 2017, Volume 35, Issue 12

Index of State Economic Momentum

June 2017, Volume 35, Issue 11

Kansas Says Goodbye to All That

May 2017, Volume 35, Issue 10

NCSL Weighs in on State Fiscal Conditions

May 2017, Volume 35, Issue 9

State Spending on Children, Sort of

April 2017, Volume 35, Issue 8

Another Round of Fend-for-Yourself Federalism

April 2017, Volume 35, Issue 7

The 2017 Camelot Index

March 2017, Volume 35, Issue 6

Index of State Economic Momentum

March 2017, Volume 35, Issue 5

A Good News-Bad News Revenue Report

February 2017, Volume 35, Issue 4

State and Local Finances in FY 2014

February 2017, Volume 35, Issue 3

GAO’s Song Remains the Same

January 2017, Volume 35, Issue 2

America’s Health Rankings

January 2017, Volume 35, Issue 1

Drilling Down on State Population Changes

December 2016, Volume 34, Issue 23-24

Index of State Economic Momentum

November 2016, Volume 34, Issue 22

High School Graduation Rates