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Fiscal Federalism Initiative

Fiscal Federalism Initiative
The federal-state relationship is in the spotlight because of enormous fiscal challenges facing all levels of government.

Tight budgets and a weak recovery in the wake of the Great Recession are leading to discussions about appropriate amounts of public spending and how costs should be allocated among local, state, and national government. Federal and state policy makers require solid data and analysis to engage in a meaningful debate and truly understand how their tax and spending policies affect other levels of government.

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Fiscal Federalism by the Numbers

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Natural Disasters
Natural Disasters
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What We Don't Know About State Spending on Natural Disasters Could Cost Us

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Natural disaster assistance—helping communities be ready for and recover from events such as storms, earthquakes, and wildfires—involves an array of players from the public, for-profit, and nonprofit sectors. Central to those efforts is a complex intergovernmental partnership that is under stress from the increasing frequency and severity of losses and from budget constraints at all levels of government.

Tax System
Tax System
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Federal Tax System Affects State Policies and Economies

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States have an interest in the nation’s tax code and potential reforms. This collection of resources illustrates how changes to federal tax laws can affect state policies and revenue, and how the impacts vary from state to state.

Higher Education
Higher Education
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How the U.S. Supports Higher Education

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The federal government and the states provide substantial resources for higher education, through direct spending and tax provisions that reduce revenue. This collection of resources explores how post-secondary education is funded at both levels of government and how that support varies by state.

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