States' Fiscal Health

States' Fiscal Health



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. 


February 4, 2014

Managing Uncertainty

This report is the first in a series that will offer policymakers strategies to improve their states’ long-term fiscal health and manage budget uncertainty. More

The Widening Gap Update

The gap between the promises states have made for public employees’ retirement benefits and the money they have set aside to pay these bills was at least $1.38 trillion in fiscal year 2010. More

Evaluating State Tax Incentives for Jobs and Growth

States rely heavily on tax incentives to strengthen their economies, but half the states are not answering basic questions about whether these investments are working. More
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