March 2020, Volume 38, Issue 5

Opioid Funding by State

In recent years, Congress has increased funding for states to deal with the opioid crisis.

A Last Hurrah

The Urban Institute released a summary of state tax collections in January 2020.

A First Step

Congress increased state Medicaid matching rates in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

February 2020, Volume 38, Issue 4

Budget Process Challenges

The Volcker Alliance has updated its analysis of good state budgeting practices. The results vary by state and measure, but the report notes that retiree benefits and transparency remain challenging for some states. It also makes an argument for accrual accounting.

Intergovernmental Dependency: Is the Sky Falling?

Another recent report tackles intergovernmental finance, focusing on state and local reliance on federal funds.

February 2020, Volume 38, Issue 3

A Federal Budget Refresher

It’s been almost 20 years since the federal budget was in balance. This issue of Reports deconstructs the broad trends in federal revenues and spending that have contributed to a yawning budget deficit. It also touches on the president’s recent budget submission.

January 2020, Volume 38, Issue 2

Federal Spending Per $1 of Taxes Paid

States have an enduring interest in their “terms of trade” with the federal government. Because of persistent deficit spending, most states get more than $1 in spending for every $1 they send to the federal treasury. But a few states are net donors.

January 2020, Volume 38, Issue 1

New Year, New Minimum Wages

Twenty-one states began 2020 with higher minimum wages. Others will see increases later in the year. How do states compare once their minimum wages are adjusted for differences in the cost of living?

Income Inequality

In its most recent update of state income data, the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) finds that income inequality remains a concern.

December 2019, Volume 37, Issue 23-24

Index of State Economic Momentum

The Index of State Economic Momentum 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 2019, Utah claimed the top spot, while Arkansas most closely approximated the national average economic performance.

The Continuum of State Fiscal Stress

Reports developed the Continuum of State Fiscal Stress to highlight four measures that can signal state fiscal stress. This edition focuses on fiscal year 2019, another banner year for state finances.

November 2019, Volume 37, Issue 22

Gee Whiz Data: Sin Taxes

November 2019, Volume 37, Issue 21

State and Local Finances in FY 2017

October 2019, Volume 37, Issue 19

Disaster Relief, Fiscal Capacity, and Total Taxable Resources

September 2019, Volume 37, Issue 18

Index of State Economic Momentum

September 2019, Volume 37, Issue 17

Revisiting Federal Fiscal Relief

August 2019, Volume 37, Issue 15-16

A Federal Budget Update

July 2019, Volume 37, Issue 14

A CRS Summary of School Finance Practices

July 2019, Volume 37, Issue 13

Twenty Years On, Remembering Hal Hovey

June 2019, Volume 37, Issue 12

Index of State Economic Momentum

June 2019, Volume 37, Issue 11

Medicaid and CHIP Enrollment Decline

May 2019, Volume 37, Issue 10

A Teaching Penalty?

May 2019, Volume 37, Issue 9

Remembering Alice Rivlin: Sorting Out

April 2019, Volume 37, Issue 8

Camelot Components: State Solvency

April 2019, Volume 37, Issue 7

The 2019 Camelot Index

March 2019, Volume 37, Issue 6

Index of State Economic Momentum

March 2019, Volume 37, Issue 5

Gee Whiz Data: Education

February 2019, Volume 37, Issue 4

What If? (Federal Budget)

February 2019, Volume 37, Issue 3

Millennials and Boomers Go Their Own Ways

January 2019, Volume 37, Issue 2

Stress Testing States