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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The tax proposals the U.S. presidential candidates have unveiled so far differ in their priorities and level of detail, but a common approach is to reduce tax rates and scale back or eliminate certain deductions, credits, or exclusions, also known as tax expenditures. The debate over these plans will focus on how they would affect federal revenue—but that is not the entire story. Read More
This chartbook illustrates major shifts in higher education funding in recent years. It examines where the money comes from, where it goes, and how the situation has changed over time. Read More
On May 23, 2015, Congress passed a two-month extension of funding for transportation projects—the 33rd short-term transportation measure enacted in the past six years. The persistent lack of long-term federal funding was one of the many transportation challenges discussed at an event hosted by The Pew Charitable Trusts on April 17, 2015. U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx... Read More