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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
By most measures, the national economy is doing well. We have been in expansion for almost eight years, the unemployment rate is under 5%, the stock market has hit new highs, and personal income growth—while still slow—has turned positive since the Great Recession. Read More
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