State Policy Reports

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.

There have been mixed messages on state revenues in the last few weeks. An AP story in early May declared, “Nearly Half of States Expect to Confront Big Budget Gaps,” while a few days later the National Association of State Budget Officers countered, “Positive April Surprises to Help Many States Meet Revenue Targets.” So which is it?

April 2015, Volume 33, Issue 8

Off-Label Uses of Higher Ed Research

A study released by the National Commission on Financing 21st Century Higher Education finds that the combination of slowing economic growth and rising Medicaid costs will make it more difficult for states to sustain spending for higher education in the coming years. While the implications for higher education are interesting, they are not really news.

April 2015, Volume 33, Issue 7

The 2015 Camelot Index

The Camelot Index was developed by Reports founding editor Hal Hovey, a longtime observer and analyst of state fiscal and economic policies. It ranks states on six “quality of life” measures: economy, health, crime, education, society and state government.

March 2015, Volume 33, 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. In the first quarter of 2015, the District of Columbia most closely approximated the national average economic performance.

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

June 2014, Volume 32, Issue 11

A Silver Lining in Weak Tax Collections

May 2014, Volume 32, Issue 10

Real Personal Income Estimates Shake Things Up

May 2014, Volume 32, Issue 9

The 2014 Camelot Index

April 2014, Volume 32, Issue 8

What Census Can’t Tell You (Anymore)