May 2021, Volume 39, Issue 9

Eco-Friendliest States

WalletHub released a report that ranks states based on various environmental attributes.

Retiree-Friendliest States

Yahoo! Finance highlights the states least desirable for retirement.

April 2021, Volume 39, Issue 8

The 2021 Camelot Index

The Camelot Index was developed by Reports founding editor Hal Hovey, a longtime observer and analyst of state budgets and economies. It ranks states on six “quality of life” measures: economy, health, crime, education, society, and state government. Like last year, the top-ranking state in 2021 is Iowa.

April 2021, Volume 39, Issue 7

Volcker Alliance Finds Improved State Budget Practices

In its five-year assessment of state budget practices, the Volcker Alliance concludes that things have improved.

Better-than-Expected Revenue Results

A recent release by the Urban Institute’s State and Local Finance Initiative shows that most states’ revenue collections over the last year held up remarkably well.

March 2021, Volume 39, Issue 6

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 this first update of 2021, Idaho reclaims the top spot, while Maryland most closely approximates the national average economic performance.

March 2021, Volume 39, Issue 5

Be Best, State Version

U.S. News and World Report released its 2021 version of Best States Rankings.

NCSL Takes the State Fiscal Pulse

The National Conference of State Legislatures has updated its state fiscal outlook for fiscal year 2021.

Women in the House (and Senate)

In 2021, women account for 30.6% of state legislators.

February 2021, Volume 39, Issue 4

A Pandemic Fiscal Stress Test Update

In its February 2021 update, Moody’s Analytics finds the fiscal shock to states from the COVID-19 pandemic has declined to $148 billion over three years, reduced to $56 billion by federal fiscal relief that can be used to address state shortfalls.

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

September 2020, Volume 38, Issue 17

Potential Applications of Regional Price Parities

August 2020, Volume 38, Issue 15-16

A Federal Budget Update

July 2020, Volume 38, Issue 14

The Value of Added FMAP

July 2020, Volume 38, Issue 13

Stress Test Update

June 2020, Volume 38, Issue 12

Index of State Economic Momentum

June 2020, Volume 38, Issue 11

Camelot Components: State Solvency

May 2020, Volume 38, Issue 10

COVID-19 Job Losses: The Dominoes Begin to Fall

May 2020, Volume 38, Issue 9

A Reality Check on Federal Fiscal Assistance

April 2020, Volume 38, Issue 8

The 2020 Camelot Index

April 2020, Volume 38, Issue 7

Stress-Testing in a Pandemic: The Moment of Truth

March 2020, Volume 38, Issue 6

Index of State Economic Momentum