State Policy Reports

January 2017, Volume 35, Issue 2

America’s Health Rankings

The 27th annual release of the United Health Foundation’s America’s Health Rankings finds ongoing progress in some areas and setbacks in others.

Fun Facts about State Spending

The Urban Institute has launched a new interactive website tool focused on how much state and local governments spend, and why they rank where they do.

Tax Back-Tracking in Kansas?

The Tax Foundation weighs in on a proposal to undo some of the state’s controversial tax changes from 2012.

January 2017, Volume 35, Issue 1

Drilling Down on State Population Changes

The change in state population reflects births and deaths, as well as domestic and international migration. These various sources of change carry different implications for state revenues and spending.

Alcohol as a Model for Taxing Sugar

In the wake of recent successful efforts to enact taxes on sweetened drinks in places such as San Francisco, Philadelphia, and Cook County, Illinois, a recent Urban Institute Research Report considers the pros and cons of taxing sugar-sweetened beverages.

December 2016, Volume 34, Issue 23-24

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 2016, Indiana 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 2016.

November 2016, Volume 34, Issue 22

High School Graduation Rates

In its publication, Trends in High School Dropout and Completion Rates in the United States, the U.S. Department of Education updated figures for high school graduation rates and related information.

State Spending: The Song Remains the Same

The National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO) recently released its annual State Expenditure Report, which includes new state spending data for fiscal years 2014-2016.

November 2016, Volume 34, Issue 21

Block Grants R Us?

Proposals to convert Medicaid and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to block grants have appeared repeatedly in recent House budget resolutions, and now they could see the light of day.

TANF as a Cautionary Tale

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities recently released new data on state TANF benefits, which document changes since the program’s inception in 1996.

October 2016, Volume 34, Issue 20

A Review of State Tax Commissions

The Urban Institute recently released two reports, one of which focused on state tax commissions over the past 20 years.

With a Focus on Economic Development

The companion study delved deeper into the economic development perspective of state tax commissions.

Curtailing Non-Compete Clauses

The Obama administration has released a “call to action” for states to give attention to non-compete clauses imposed on employees.

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

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