Fiscal Federalism Initiative

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The federal-state relationship is in the spotlight because of enormous fiscal challenges facing all levels of government. Tight budgets and a weak recovery in the wake of the Great Recession are leading to discussions about appropriate amounts of public spending and how costs should be allocated among local, state, and national government. Federal and state policy makers require solid data and analysis to engage in a meaningful debate and truly understand how their tax and spending policies affect other levels of government.

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  • How Governments Support Higher Education Through the Tax Code

    To maximize the impact of higher education investments and achieve desired policy goals, policymaker should have knowledge of the full range of assistance provided to institutions and students. This means having an understanding of the billions of dollars made available through spending programs and the tax code. However, too frequently these two types of support are not considered in tandem, and... Read More

  • States Would Feel Impact of Federal Tax Reform

    Comprehensive federal tax reform, a key topic of discussion among policymakers and the news media, could have significant repercussions for states because they are connected to and affected by federal tax policy in myriad ways. Changes to federal deductions and credits could directly affect state tax systems, thus affecting revenue, and could have indirect impacts such as raising states'... Read More

  • State Fiscal Policy Toolkit

    The Pew Charitable Trusts researches the fiscal challenges faced by states and examines the policy options available to address them. The resources listed below, which include comprehensive 50-state assessments, illuminate common concerns and creative solutions to help policymakers understand the issues and learn from one another’s experiences. Read More

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Jeremy Ratner

Director, Communications

202.540.6507