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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 almost 5 percent in North Dakota since the start of the Great Recession. Weakening energy prices have cost four states some of those gains, though, over the year ending in the first quarter of 2016. Read More
The share of states’ revenue made up by federal dollars was largely unchanged in fiscal year 2014 even as expanded Medicaid grants began to flow to some states. The federal government provided 30.8 percent of 50-state revenue, a slight increase from 30.5 percent a year earlier. Read More
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