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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Of the 41 states plus the District of Columbia with broad-based personal income taxes, 40 and the District link to the federal tax system by incorporating a range of federal tax expenditures—exclusions, deductions, and credits—into their tax codes. Read More
Of the $3.5 trillion spent by the federal government in fiscal year 2014, 93 percent was spent in the states. These dollars pay for Social Security, Medicaid, the salaries of federal employees, and other expenditures. When policymakers in Washington decide where to direct federal money, they should bear in mind the effects that changes in federal spending have on state economies—and... Read More
As the presidential candidates add their voices to the chorus of lawmakers in Washington calling for comprehensive tax reform, policymakers should be mindful that changes to the federal tax code can have complex repercussions for state tax policy and revenue. Read More