Pew's Fiscal Federalism Initiative is currently exploring the impact of federal tax and spending changes on the states by investigating:
- The sensitivity of state budgets to changes in federal spending;
- The interconnectedness of federal and state tax policies;
- How federal regulatory policy has a fiscal impact on states; and
- The impact of federal tax and spending policies on state economies and the potential indirect effect on state finances.
Our original, non-partisan research gives both state and federal policy makers the information they need to make informed fiscal decisions.
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Although total federal dollars to states increased by $22.9 billion, or 4.5 percent, the federal share didnot increase markedly because states’ tax collections increased enough to keep the proportion relatively stable. Read More
States receive federal grants to help fund programs in areas ranging from education to transportation to healthcare. Federal grants accounted for an average of 31 percent of total state revenue in 2014, but states’ reliance onthis revenue source varies widely. At nearly 41 percent, Mississippi had the largest share of revenue from federalgrants, while North Dakota had the smallest at 17... Read More
The share of states’ revenue made up by federal dollars was largely unchanged in fiscal year 2014 even as expanded Medicaid grants began to flow to some states. The federal government provided 30.8 percent of 50-state revenue, a slight increase from 30.5 percent a year earlier. Read More