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.
A report released today by The Pew Charitable Trusts illustrates how states can save enough during economic boom years to better weather future recessions. Read More
Governors from across the nation will convene in Washington, Feb. 21-24, in hopes of finding solutions to the tough economic problems confronting their states. Read More
States Can Better Manage Revenue Volatility Through Redesigned Reserve Policies and Improved Forecast Timing
A new study by The Pew Charitable Trusts, Managing Uncertainty: How State Budgeting Can Smooth Revenue Volatility, offers several promising solutions to help policymakers navigate the ups and downs of state revenue collections. This variation leads to state budget shortfalls and surpluses and makes it harder for states to accurately forecast revenue and balance their budgets. Read More