State Policy Reports

May 2016, Volume 34, Issue 9

A Tale of Decline, Excepting Medicaid

Federal Funds Information for States (FFIS), publisher of Reports, recently released an analysis of federal grants that compares each state’s receipt of fiscal year 2015 funding on a per capita basis. The national average was $1,827, an increase of $170 from the previous year.

Climbing Medicaid Clawbacks

FFIS also has reported on rising costs associated with state payments to the federal government for Medicare Part D, known as the “clawback.”  These payments have seen double-digit increases in the last two years.

April 2016, Volume 34, Issue 8

A(nother) Call for State Capital Spending

A report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities asserts that the time is right for states to address their many unmet infrastructure needs.

The Future of the State and Local Tax Deduction

A recent analysis by the Tax Policy Center examines the state and local tax deduction in the context of potential federal tax reform and the possibility that it could put this deduction in play.

April 2016, Volume 34, Issue 7

The 2016 Camelot Index

The Camelot Index was developed by Reports founding editor Hal Hovey, a longtime observer and analyst of state budgets and economies. It ranks states on six “quality of life” measures: economy, health, crime, education, society, and state government. This year’s index features revisions to some measures, but no big changes in overall results.

March 2016, Volume 34, 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. For the first quarter of 2016, Massachusetts most closely approximated the national average economic performance.

March 2016, Volume 34, Issue 5

Fiscal Capacity, Effort, Need, and Gaps

The recently updated Representative Revenue System is an elegant construction that provides a lens through which to view a state’s ability to finance public services. Taken a step further, it also can identify a potential role for federal assistance to equalize differences in fiscal capacity among the states.

February 2016, Volume 34, Issue 4

Balances and Business Cycles in Sectors and Regions

As the current economic recovery grows older, some observers are sizing up where states stand. Recent releases have considered 1) whether states have sufficiently replenished their rainy day funds, 2) how big should those rainy day funds be, and 3) which sector is currently most vulnerable to an economic downturn.

Undocumented Immigrants and State-Local Taxes

The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy recently updated its estimates of the state-local tax payments made by undocumented immigrants in each state.

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

June 2015, Volume 33, Issue 12

Index of State Economic Momentum

June 2015, Volume 33, Issue 11

Federal Schmederal. If You Want Something Done…

May 2015, Volume 33, Issue 10

State Budget Process Quality Index

May 2015, Volume 33, Issue 9

States Still Struggling. Or Not.

April 2015, Volume 33, Issue 8

Off-Label Uses of Higher Ed Research

April 2015, Volume 33, Issue 7

The 2015 Camelot Index

March 2015, Volume 33, Issue 6

Index of State Economic Momentum