Pew's states’ fiscal health initiative provides data, analysis, and guidance to help states navigate their fiscal challenges and identify and understand potential policy approaches.
We examine key trends in state economies and budgets, and research and advance promising approaches to managing volatile state finances in an era of heightened uncertainty. Explore news about our work below.
By most measures, the national economy is doing well. We have been in expansion for almost eight years, the unemployment rate is under 5%, the stock market has hit new highs, and personal income growth—while still slow—has turned positive since the Great Recession. Read More
Many states struggle with how much to save because their purpose for doing so is unclear, according to a new report from The Pew Charitable Trusts. Why States Save: Using Evidence to Inform How Large Rainy Day Funds Should Grow examines budget stabilization funds—often called rainy day funds—and offers recommendations to determine optimal savings goals and create enhanced budgetary... Read More
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Sort and chart data about key fiscal and economic trends in the 50 states, and read Pew's insights.