State Fiscal Policy Toolkit

Data, analysis, and other resources to guide decision-making

State Fiscal Policy Toolkit

The Pew Charitable Trusts researches the fiscal challenges faced by states and examines the policy options available to address them. The resources listed below, which include comprehensive 50-state assessments, illuminate common concerns and creative solutions to help policymakers understand the issues and learn from one another’s experiences.

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Money dust
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State Strategies for Maintaining a Balanced Budget

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Many states ended 2017 flush with unexpected cash. Federal legislation that caps some tax deductions beginning in 2018 prompted many Americans to prepay their state and local taxes. While this surprise revenue was positive news for state budgets, several policymakers struck a cautious tone.

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Hoover Dam Bridge
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The State Pension Funding Gap: 2018

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Issue Brief

At $1.24 trillion, the 50-state pension funding gap—the difference between a state retirement system’s assets and its liabilities—improved slightly in 2018 primarily due to strong investment performance.

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Evidence-based policymaking

Evidence-Based Policymaking Resource Center

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Evidence-Based Policymaking Resource Center

In 2014, the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative developed a framework for state and county leaders interested in evidence-based policymaking. This framework consists of five key components to help governments use rigorous evidence and data to guide policy and funding decisions.

Tax Incentives Report
Tax Incentives Report
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State Strategies to Help Businesses Launch and Expand

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State Strategies to Help Businesses Launch and Expand

State governments can undermine opportunities for investment and job creation when businesses spend too much time or money on inefficient regulatory processes, or when new business projects get delayed because firms don’t understand how to comply with the rules. To address this challenge, state policymakers can focus on two types of reforms.

Additional Resources

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Fiscal 50

Explore fiscal and economic trends in the 50 states, then learn their significance with our expert analysis.

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Fiscal 50: State Trends and Analysis, an interactive resource from The Pew Charitable Trusts, allows you to sort and analyze data on key fiscal, economic, and demographic trends in the 50 states and understand their impact on states’ fiscal health.

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What Makes an Economic Development Incentive Effective?

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What Makes an Economic Development Incentive Effective?

This data visualization illustrates many of the impacts that tax incentives can have on government budgets and state economies and shows how those effects are influenced by various policy choices.

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