State Policy Reports

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

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) recently published new finance data for school year 2011-2012. The data show a decline in per pupil spending for K-12 education, with a -2.5% annual change in current spending per pupil, in inflation-adjusted dollars. They also measure state success in equalizing spending among school districts, with many states showing room for improvement.

February 2015, Volume 33, Issue 4

State Tax System Shaming

“The bottom line is that every state fails the basic test of tax fairness.” So concludes the biennial release of the Institute on Taxation & Economic Policy’s most recent evaluation of state tax systems.

Cigarette Taxes and Smuggling Go Up Together

A recent release by the Tax Foundation finds that raising cigarette taxes leads residents to consume more smuggled cigarettes, at least when that is an option.

February 2015, Volume 33, Issue 3

State Tax Collections after the Tumult

Recent years have been unkind to state revenue estimators. Coming out of the Great Recession, a number of events have derailed the steady improvement one typically observes in state tax collections. 

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)

April 2014, Volume 32, Issue 7

Many Minimum Wages

March 2014, Volume 32, Issue 6

Index of State Economic Momentum

March 2014, Volume 32, Issue 5

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