State Policy Reports

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

In its State Preschool Yearbook for 2014-2015, the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) evaluates states on a host of indicators. It finds increases in enrollment, quality, and funding, while noting that “access to a high-quality preschool program remained highly unequal.”

July 2016, Volume 34, Issue 13

A Fiscal Update

Fiscal year (FY) 2017 has just begun for the 46 states that follow a July-June fiscal year. In its recent Fiscal Survey of States, the National Association of State Budget Officers got a read on how FY 2016 was shaping up, and what governors proposed for FY 2017.

June 2016, Volume 34, Issue 12

Index of State Economic Momentum

In the second quarter of 2016, Arkansas matched the national average economic performance. Utah remained at the top of the list, and Wyoming slipped into to the bottom spot.

June 2016, Volume 34, Issue 11

State Minimum Wages Mostly Track Cost of Living

Calls to raise the federal minimum wage often overlook the fact that more than half the states have minimum wages that are higher than the federal rate. A few states are on track to raise their rates to $15 per hour.

If Every State Taxed Marijuana

Imagine if states had an extra $7.1 billion per year to spend on public goods and services. That’s the amount of new revenue the Tax Foundation estimates states would collect with a 20% sales tax levied on the retail sale of marijuana.

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

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