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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One of the longest U.S. economic expansions in history has lifted personal income in all states. But growth has varied, from a constant annual rate of less than 1 percent in Nevada to more than 5 percent in North Dakota since the start of the Great Recession. A handful of states, though, lost some gains in the fourth quarter of 2015. Read More
Stephen Bailey, senior associate for Pew’s state fiscal health and economic growth project, testified March 18 before Kansas’ House Committee on Appropriations in support of a House bill establishing a budget stabilization fund, also known as a rainy day fund, in the state Treasury. Read More
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