State Policy Reports

State Policy Reports is rich with information about the 50 states. Published twice a month (except in August and December when it is published once), each issue covers a variety of topics including trends in state spending, the quarterly index of state economic momentum, federal aid to states and state tax burdens.

January 2015, Volume 33, Issue 02

Swapping with Eyes Wide Open

In a recent analysis, Federal Funds Information for States (FFIS, publisher of Reports) provided background information on state reliance on federal funds in a number of program areas. Such information could inform conversations about potential state-federal “swaps” in an era of constrained federal spending.

January 2015, Volume 33, Issue 01

State and Local Finances in FY 2012

The Census Bureau has released its state and local finance series for fiscal year (FY) 2012, which allows an apples-to-apples comparison of tax structures and burdens among the states. This issue focuses on the revenue highlights of the newly released data.

December 2014, Volume 32, Issue 23

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 2014, Montana 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 2014.

November 2014, Volume 32, Issue 22

Energy-Related This-and-That

State energy production data were recently released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, along with other state data on consumption and spending.

Income Inequality and State Tax Collections

A recent effort by Standard & Poor’s looks at the effect of growing income inequality on state tax collections.

Immigration Information

The Migration Policy Institute has released estimates of the state impact of recent immigration actions.

November 2014, Volume 32, Issue 21

TANF Report Challenges Conventional Wisdom

Although many researchers and advocacy groups contend that Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) failed as a safety net during the Great Recession, a recent report by the Brookings Institution argues otherwise. It finds that TANF was responsive to rising unemployment in most states. Some advocacy groups have taken issue with the report’s methodology and tried to rebuff its findings. 

October 2014, Volume 32, Issue 20

How Liquid Are Your Assets: FAQs on HQLAs

Municipal bonds were recently excluded from the definition of “high-quality liquid assets” (HQLAs), creating consternation among state and local governments.

SNAP Starts Shrinking, But Not By Much

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is designed to be counter-cyclical, and it is. Benefits have declined since their 2013 peak, but not nearly so fast as the unemployment rate.

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

Revenue Estimating: Does Process Trump Accuracy?

August 2014, Volume 32, Issue 1516

Taming the Impact of the Business Cycle

Delinquent Debt by State

An Ounce of Prevention in North Carolina

July 2014, Volume 32, Issue 14

Caution on State Pension Plans

Minimum Wage: Correlation is Not Causality

Food Fight

July 2014, Volume 32, Issue 13

Areas with Concentrated Poverty

The Balance Wheel in State Budgets

June 2014, Volume 32, Issue 12

Index of State Economic Momentum

June 2014, Volume 32, Issue 11

A Silver Lining in Weak Tax Collections

On Capital Budgeting

May 2014, Volume 32, Issue 10

Real Personal Income Estimates Shake Things Up

May 2014, Volume 32, Issue 09

The 2014 Camelot Index

April 2014, Volume 32, Issue 08

What Census Can’t Tell You (Anymore)

April 2014, Volume 32, Issue 07

Many Minimum Wages

Old But Good News

March 2014, Volume 32, Issue 06

Index of State Economic Momentum

February 2014, Volume 32, Issue 04

State Government General Expenditures in 2012

February 2014, Volume 32, Issue 03

State Government General Revenues in 2012

January 2014, Volume 32, Issue 01

State and Local Finances in FY 2011

December 2013, Volume 31, Issue 23-24

Index of State Economic Momentum

Is Universal Preschool a Good Deal for States?

November 2013, Volume 31, Issue 22

Continuum of State Fiscal Stress