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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  • Student Loan Interest Deduction Should Factor Into Debates on Student Debt, Tax Code

    The federal government and nearly every state with an income tax offer the student loan interest deduction. This provision allows taxpayers to subtract interest paid on student debt from their taxable income to help families reduce the cost of borrowing for higher education. The maximum federal deduction, $2,500, has not changed since 2001, but between 2007 and 2016, student loan balances... Read More

  • In Natural Disasters, States Lend Each Other a Hand

    A week after Hurricane Harvey made landfall in southeastern Texas, at least 21 states had sent emergency response teams and equipment to help. Such interstate aid is coordinated through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC), a mutual aid agreement among states. These cooperative commitments represent another aspect of the “all hands on deck” approach that the federal... Read More

  • Pew at NCSL Legislative Summit

    We look forward to seeing you at the NCSL Legislative Summit in Boston! Please visit Booth 545 in the exhibit hall to learn about The Pew Charitable Trusts’ work in all 50 states and meet policy experts on issues including fiscal and economic policy, public pensions, evidence-based policymaking, and health policy. Read More

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Jeremy Ratner

Director, Communications