State Policy Reports

January 2016, Volume 34, Issue 2

Evaluating the Costs and Benefits of Pre-K

A new study by the Washington Center for Equitable Growth estimates the state-by-state costs and benefits of an effective nationwide early childhood education program.

Tax Burdens in Each State’s Largest City

To provide an apples-to-apples comparison of the District of Columbia’s tax burden relative to other places, the District’s Office of Revenue Analysis prepares an annual study that compares tax rates and tax burdens among the largest cities in each state, including Washington, DC.

January 2016, Volume 34, Issue 1

State and Local Finances in FY 2013

The Census Bureau has released its state and local finance series for fiscal year 2013, 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.

December 2015, Volume 33, Issue 2324

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 2015, Kentucky 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 2015.

November 2015, Volume 33, Issue 22

Succeeding at Opacity

The Center for Public Integrity released its first State Integrity Investigation in 2011-2012. The 2015 version is the second round, and reflects responses to 245 questions about key indicators of transparency and accountability. The questions go beyond what state law says, to how it is implemented and enforced.

A First Final Look at FY 2015 State Tax Collections

The Rockefeller Institute released its report on state tax collections for the April-June quarter of 2015, which represents the final quarter of fiscal year (FY) 2015 for most states. It’s also the most important quarter for tax collections, as it reflects results for annual personal income tax returns.

November 2015, Volume 33, Issue 21

The State-Federal Balance of Payments

How much does each state get back for every dollar it sends to Washington?  After many years without an answer to that question, a new analysis by the New York comptroller’s office tackles the issue.

October 2015, Volume 33, Issue 20

Revenue Volatility in the Rearview Mirror

The most recent 50-state data on state tax collections were issued by the Rockefeller Institute in September, and cover the first calendar quarter of 2015. With volatility in the rearview mirror, tax collections in recent quarters have returned to more moderate growth rates.

TANF at 19

In the mid-1990s, state policymakers partnered with federal officials to rewrite the major federal cash assistance program, with the purported goal of “ending welfare as we know it.” Out the window went Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC), replaced by Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).

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

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