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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A discussion that recently took place in Wyoming underlines the policy choices energy states face when deciding how much to spend of the income generated by their sovereign wealth funds. Read More
Robert Zahradnik, director of The Pew Charitable Trusts’ state fiscal health and economic growth project, testified March 23 before the Montana House Committee on Appropriations about S.B. 261, an act that would create a rainy day fund for the state and set guidelines for the fund’s use. Read More
In recent years, the description of “insolvency” has expanded beyond a simple cash shortage to include “service-delivery insolvency,” which means the government is struggling to manage police, fire, ambulance, trash, sewer and other essential safety and health services. Read More
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