October 2018, Volume 36, Issue 20

State Business Tax Climate

The Tax Foundation has updated its annual ranking of states based on their business tax climates. This is not the same as ranking states on their business climates. It’s a narrower focus, which means it is of more limited use.

The Ease of Voting

A recent article assessed the cost of voting in each state in each presidential election from 1996 to 2016.

October 2018, Volume 36, Issue 19

State and Local Finances in FY 2016

The Census Bureau has released its state and local finance series for fiscal year 2016, which allows an apples-to-apples comparison of tax structures and burdens among the states. This issue highlights the new revenue data.

September 2018, Volume 36, Issue 18

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 third quarter of 2018, Utah claimed the top spot, while South Carolina equaled the national average economic performance.

September 2018, Volume 36, Issue 17

Defense Spending by State

For some states, federal defense spending is an important source of economic activity.

SALT in the Wound

Among the losers in federal tax reform were states where many taxpayers make use of the federal itemized deduction for state and local taxes paid (SALT).
August 2018, Volume 36, Issue 15-16

The Potential of Regional Price Parities

The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) has new estimates of differences in the cost of living among the states.

Financial Illiteracy

A Champlain College report grades states on their efforts to improve the financial literacy of high school graduates.

Opioid Deaths by Occupation in Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health released a study analyzing opioid-related overdose deaths by occupation from 2011-2015.

July 2018, Volume 36, Issue 14

About the Sales Tax

Despite its shortcomings, the sales tax is the largest contributor to state-local own-source revenue. Because of its shortcomings, that is likely to change.

July 2018, Volume 36, Issue 13

Count Your Children Well

June 2018, Volume 18, Issue 12

Index of State Economic Momentum

June 2018, Volume 36, Issue 11

Are Opioids the New Tobacco?

May 2018, Volume 36, Issue 10

On Population Trends and Housing Costs

May 2018, Volume 36, Issue 9

States and the FY 2018 Federal Budget

April 2018, Volume 36, Issue 8

The 2018 Camelot Index

April 2018, Volume 36, Issue 7

Census, Census Everywhere

March 2018, Volume 36, Issue 6

Index of State Economic Momentum

March 2018, Volume 36, Issue 5

A Redistricting Tipping Point?

February 2018, Volume 36, Issue 3

Five Not-So-Easy Pieces

January 2018, Volume 36, Issue 2

Population-Driven Federal Aid

January 2018, Volume 36, Issue 1

Updated Internet Sales Tax Estimates

December 2017, Volume 35, Issue 23-24

Index of State Economic Momentum

November 2017, Volume 35, Issue 22

State Spending: Medicaid Marches On…

November 2017, Volume 35, Issue 21

Personal Consumption Expenditures and State Sales Taxes

October 2017, Volume 35, Issue 20

State and Local Finances in FY 2015

October 2017, Volume 35, Issue 19

The State-Federal Balance of Payments

September 2017, Volume 35, Issue 18

The Index of State Economic Momentum

September 2017, Volume 35, Issue 17

Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance