July 2020, Volume 38, Issue 13

Stress Test Update

Moody’s Analytics has updated its projection of state fiscal needs to combat COVID-19. The takeaway? Needs are greater and the time for action was yesterday.

UI Recovery Trends

Which state workforces are seeing the quickest recovery from COVID-19?

Tax Mix Matters

The Pew Charitable Trusts recently posted an article that posits, “Where States Get Their Money Will Shape Pandemic’s Fiscal Fallout.”

June 2020, Volume 38, Issue 12

Index of State Economic Momentum

The Index of State Economic Momentum ranks states based on their most recent performance on three key measures of economic vitality: personal income growth, employment growth, and population growth. Reports updates the index each quarter. In the second quarter of 2020, Idaho moved into in the top spot, while Minnesota most closely approximated the national average economic performance.

June 2020, Volume 38, Issue 11

Camelot Components: State Solvency

Hal Hovey, Reports founding editor, developed the State Solvency Index in 1993 to evaluate state finances and financial management. It is a component of the Camelot Index, highlighted in Reports Volume 38, Issue 8. This issue of Reports delves into the most recent solvency details.

May 2020, Volume 38, Issue 10

COVID-19 Job Losses: The Dominoes Begin to Fall

The April employment and unemployment data show a steep and sudden increase in state unemployment rates. They also expose some states’ unique sensitivities. Already, state and local government job losses have begun, while early reports of April tax collections signal the challenges ahead.

May 2020, Volume 38, Issue 9

A Reality Check on Federal Fiscal Assistance

It has been assumed that federal fiscal assistance will be provided for state revenue losses from the COVID-19 recession, but pushback has emerged.

Employment: The Canary in the Coal Mine

In the Great Recession, a portion of federal fiscal relief was linked to a state’s unemployment rate, for good reason.

The Past as Precedent

In the “dot com” recession and the Great Recession, the federal government provided fiscal assistance to states. The scale was different, but there were common elements.

April 2020, Volume 38, Issue 8

The 2020 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. This year, the top-ranking state is Iowa.

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

March 2020, Volume 38, Issue 5

Opioid Funding by State

February 2020, Volume 38, Issue 4

Budget Process Challenges

February 2020, Volume 38, Issue 3

A Federal Budget Refresher

January 2020, Volume 38, Issue 2

Federal Spending Per $1 of Taxes Paid

January 2020, Volume 38, Issue 1

New Year, New Minimum Wages

December 2019, Volume 37, Issue 23-24

Index of State Economic Momentum

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?