States' Fiscal Health

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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.


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  • How Much Debt Can a Government Handle?

    Debt financing is a powerful tool for state and local governments, which often rely on borrowed funds to build or repair vital infrastructure. The need for these projects is beyond dispute: The American Society of Civil Engineers estimates that the roads, bridges, tunnels, schools, hospitals, and underground pipes that taxpayers use need $4.6 trillion worth of investment—only... Read More

  • State Revenue Volatility: An Inevitable Challenge With a Workable Solution

    In Alaska, 2012 was a very good year. The state is heavily dependent on severance taxes, which are levied on extraction of natural resources. And Alaska has one natural resource in abundance: oil. With the price of oil on the rise, total revenue grew by 27 percent that year—which helped the state increase its rainy day fund to an amount more than double the state's annual budget, making it... Read More

  • Pew at NCSL Legislative Summit

    We look forward to seeing you at the NCSL Legislative Summit in Boston! Please visit Booth 545 in the exhibit hall to learn about The Pew Charitable Trusts’ work in all 50 states and meet policy experts on issues including fiscal and economic policy, public pensions, evidence-based policymaking, and health policy. 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.

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