Why Understanding States' Fiscal Health Matters
As states move through a slow and uneven economic recovery, policymakers are considering how to better weather the ups and downs of the economic cycle. In many states, revenues are gradually recovering but have not yet returned to pre-recession levels, and rising health care, education, and infrastructure costs are outpacing revenue growth. The ways in which policymakers confront these challenges will affect states and the nation for years to come.
How We Conduct Our Work
Through both research and advocacy, Pew illuminates states’ fiscal challenges and helps lawmakers and other key stakeholders identify and understand potential policy options. We produce original research, including comprehensive 50-state assessments that compare and contrast states’ experiences and highlight promising approaches. And we convene policy leaders and experts in the field to discuss common challenges and learn from each other.