January 2023, Volume 41, Issue 1

Do States Need More Federal Oversight?

A new public finance initiative was recently launched with a paper calling for enhanced federal oversight of state and local budgeting and borrowing.

Fires and Floods: Which States are Most at Risk?

A Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) blog highlights the states most at risk for two types of natural disasters: wildfires and floods.

December 2022, Volume 40, 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 update of 2022, Texas claimed the top spot, while Iowa most closely approximated the national average economic performance.

The Continuum of State Fiscal Stress: Nothing to See Here

Reports developed the Continuum of State Fiscal Stress to highlight four measures that can signal a rocky road ahead. This edition focuses on fiscal year 2022, which revealed scant evidence of fiscal stress among states.

November 2022, Volume 40, Issue 22

Child Tax Credits After COVID

A recent analysis presents options and estimates for states wishing to cut child poverty by building on the federal child tax credit.

Housing Vacancy Rates

How high are state housing vacancy rates and how have they changed since the Great Recession?

November 2022, Volume 40, Issue 21

State Spending from Fiscal Recovery Funds

How quickly are states spending their fiscal recovery funds and where are they targeting them?

States Stepping Up to Expand School Meals

With federal waivers expiring, many states are taking matters into their own hands.

The State of State Unemployment Insurance Loans

As of October 31, 2022, five states and one territory still had unemployment insurance loan balances with the federal government.

October 2022, Volume 40, Issue 20

The Power of Public Spending

The Census Bureau has released 2021 poverty estimates using both the traditional measure and the newer Supplemental Poverty Measure.

What to Do About the Federal Budget Deficit?

The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget has released a blueprint to stabilize federal debt and reduce deficits.

October 2022, Volume 40, Issue 19

About Those Employment Numbers

The national economy has recovered all the jobs lost in the COVID pandemic, but not every state has.

About Those Personal Income Numbers

How important were selected COVID policies in boosting state personal income?

Assessing Pro-Worker Policies in States

An annual report focuses on state policies that further workers’ rights.

September 2022, Volume 40, Issue 18

Index of State Economic Momentum

September 2022, Volume 40, Issue 17

State and Local Finances in FY 2020

August 2022, Volume 40, Issue 15-16

The 2022 Camelot Index

July 2022, Volume 40, Issue 14

House Prices and Inflation

July 2022, Volume 40, Issue 13

Business Tax Climate: Corporate Tax

June 2022, Volume 40, Issue 12

Index of State Economic Momentum

June 2022, Volume 40, Issue 11

Business Tax Climate: Individual Income Tax

May 2022, Volume 40, Issue 10

The Best Sales Tax is No Sales Tax

May 2022, Volume 40, Issue 9

Cannabis Taxes Ascendant

April 2022, Volume 40, Issue 8

COVID-19 and the State-Federal Balance of Payments

April 2022, Volume 40, Issue 7

To Tax or Not Tax Groceries

March 2022, Volume 40, Issue 6

Index of State Economic Momentum

March 2022, Volume 40, Issue 5

The Return of Federal Earmarks

February 2022, Volume 40, Issue 4

Inflation and State Minimum Wages

February 2022, Volume 40, Issue 3

Takeaways from the New Federal Infrastructure Law

January 2022, Volume 40, Issue 2

K-12 Funding: Effort, Adequacy, Progressivity

December 2021, Volume 39, Issue 23-24

Index of State Economic Momentum

November 2021, Volume 39, Issue 22

Mapping and Bridging the Digital Divide

November 2021, Volume 39, Issue 21

Defense Spending by State in 2020