June 2017, Volume 35, Issue 12

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 second quarter of 2017, Virginia most closely approximated the national average economic performance.

June 2017, Volume 35, Issue 11

Kansas Says Goodbye to All That

Nearly five years on, Kansas’s bold supply-side tax experiment has been largely abandoned.

Where the Wind Comes Sweeping Down the Plain

The U.S. Energy Information Administration reports that wind and solar accounted for more than 10% of U.S. electricity generation in March, for the first time ever.

May 2017, Volume 35, Issue 10

NCSL Weighs in on State Fiscal Conditions

The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) has released two of its periodic fiscal reports, 2016 State Tax Actions, and State Budget Update: Spring 2017.

A Thought Experiment: A Universal Basic Income

What if you eliminated all the targeted federal assistance provided to individuals, and replaced them with a lump sum payment, often referred to as a universal basic income (UBI)?

May 2017, Volume 35, Issue 9

State Spending on Children, Sort of

The Urban Institute has published a report, Unequal Playing Field? State Differences in Spending on Children in 2013.

Pedestrians Beware

The Governors Highway Safety Association recently released data that show just how risky it has become to be a pedestrian, and the extent to which that risk is increasing.

April 2017, Volume 35, Issue 8

Another Round of Fend-for-Yourself Federalism

It began with the president’s “skinny” budget for fiscal year (FY) 2018, and it is continuing with chatter around tax reform. “It” is the notion that state and local governments are about to see an escalation of fend-for-yourself federalism.

April 2017, Volume 35, Issue 7

The 2017 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.

March 2017, Volume 35, Issue 6

Index of State Economic Momentum

March 2017, Volume 35, Issue 5

A Good News-Bad News Revenue Report

February 2017, Volume 35, Issue 4

State and Local Finances in FY 2014

February 2017, Volume 35, Issue 3

GAO’s Song Remains the Same

January 2017, Volume 35, Issue 2

America’s Health Rankings

January 2017, Volume 35, Issue 1

Drilling Down on State Population Changes

December 2016, Volume 34, Issue 23-24

Index of State Economic Momentum

November 2016, Volume 34, Issue 22

High School Graduation Rates

October 2016, Volume 34, Issue 20

A Review of State Tax Commissions

September 2016, Volume 34, Issue 18

Index of State Economic Momentum

September 2016, Volume 34, Issue 17

SNAP Caseloads Going Down, Down, Down

August 2016, Volume 34, Issue 1516

State Compensation Comparisons

July 2016, Volume 34, Issue 14

Assessing Pre-K Enrollment, Spending, and Quality

June 2016, Volume 34, Issue 12

Index of State Economic Momentum

June 2016, Volume 34, Issue 11

State Minimum Wages Mostly Track Cost of Living

May 2016, Volume 34, Issue 10

Pew on OPEB Liabilities

May 2016, Volume 34, Issue 9

A Tale of Decline, Excepting Medicaid