November 2021, Volume 39, Issue 21

Defense Spending by State in 2020

Department of Defense state spending data for fiscal year (FY) 2020 shows an 8% increase over FY 2019 and wide disparities among states.

More Jobs than Jobless

In August 2021, 42 states had more job openings than they had job seekers.

A Sneak Peek at FY 2021 State Revenues

A new report includes data on state general fund revenues for FYs 2019 and 2020, with estimates for FY 2021.

October 2021, Volume 39, Issue 20

A Federal Budget Update: So Many Balls in the Air

With federal fiscal year 2022 now underway, Congress is facing its usual backlog of appropriations bills. This year it has even more balls in the air, however, with physical infrastructure, reconciliation, and the federal debt limit all in play.

October 2021, Volume 39, Issue 19

Ranking the Best State Safety Nets

The Center for American Progress recently published a study comparing states’ social safety nets and economic outcomes.

Ranking the Best States for Workers

Each year, Oxfam America calculates its Best States to Work index, scoring and ranking states on wage levels and working conditions.

September 2021, Volume 39, Issue 18

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 In the third update of 2021, COVID-19 and policy responses to it continue to wreak havoc on state results, as do out-of-date population data.

September 2021, Volume 39, Issue 17

COVID and the Supplemental Poverty Measure

In 2020, for the first time, poverty is estimated to have been lower using the supplemental poverty measure than using the official poverty definition.

Drug Overdose Deaths Spike

Drug overdose deaths increased more than 30% between February 2020 and February 2021.

Food Insecurity Eases

The Department of Agriculture has released its 2020 report on food insecurity in the United States.

August 2021, Volume 39, Issue 15-16

State and Local Finances in FY 2019

The Census Bureau has released its state and local finance series for fiscal year 2019, which allows an apples-to-apples comparison of tax structures and burdens among the states. This issue highlights the revenue data.

July 2021, Volume 39, Issue 14

The Business of Taxing Business

July 2021, Volume 39, Issue 13

Index of State Economic Momentum: Take 2

June 2021, Volume 39, Issue 12

Index of State Economic Momentum

June 2021, Volume 39, Issue 11

2021 KIDS COUNT: TRENDS

May 2021, Volume 39, Issue 10

State Tax Collections in FY 2020

May 2021, Volume 39, Issue 9

Eco-Friendliest States

April 2021, Volume 39, Issue 8

The 2021 Camelot Index

April 2021, Volume 39, Issue 7

Volcker Alliance Finds Improved State Budget Practices

March 2021, Volume 39, Issue 6

Index of State Economic Momentum

March 2021, Volume 39, Issue 5

Be Best, State Version

February 2021, Volume 39, Issue 4

A Pandemic Fiscal Stress Test Update

February 2021, Volume 39, Issue 3

When is a $15 Minimum Wage not $15?

January 2021, Volume 39, Issue 2

Economic Impact Payments by State

January 2021, Volume 39, Issue 1

Defense Spending and COVID-19 Data

December 2020, Volume 38, Issue 23-24

Index of State Economic Momentum

November 2020, Volume 38, Issue 22

The State-Federal Balance of Payments in FY 2019

November 2020, Volume 38, Issue 21

The 2020 Census: What’s at Stake?

October 2020, Volume 38, Issue 20

Transfer Payments and Second Quarter Personal Income

October 2020, Volume 38, Issue 19

State and Local Finances in FY 2018

September 2020, Volume 38, Issue 18

Index of State Economic Momentum