The Pew Charitable Trusts illuminates states’ fiscal challenges through research, including comprehensive 50-state assessments. In these assessments, we rate the states on their performance, highlighting effective approaches and creating pressure for reform. Our team uses its expertise to examine key trends in state finances—including revenues, expenditures, and borrowing. We also track and compare state budget policies, including budget stabilization funds and forecasting practices. Our goal is to provide data, analysis, and guidance to help state policymakers manage economic and revenue volatility, improve transparency, and increase fiscal health over the long term.
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U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson of Alabama’s Middle District in June 2017 found “persistent and severe shortages of mental-health staff and correctional staff, combined with chronic and significant overcrowding” in the state’s prisons, following a trial over whether in-facility mental health services violate constitutional requirements. Then he ordered the state to... Read More
New Jersey faces significant fiscal challenges, including chronic budget shortfalls, substantial long-term obligations, and rising costs for services. These difficulties have led to 11 downgrades from rating agencies in the last seven years. Overcoming them will not be easy, but evidence-based policies can help put the state on stronger financial footing. Read More
In January, Ohio’s government published a report, “Financial Health Indicators,” which analyzed each of the state’s 88 counties and 247 cities to identify those that may have fiscal challenges. Read More
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