Archives: State Budgets / Publications

Archives: State Budgets / Publications

  • Unaccountable and Unaffordable 2018 image

    Unaccountable and Unaffordable 2018

    Unfunded liabilities in public pension plans continue to loom over state governments nationwide. If net pension assets are determined using more realistic investment return assumptions, pension funding gaps are significantly …

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    Rich States, Poor States, 11th edition

    The 11th Edition of Rich States, Poor States: ALEC-Laffer State Economic Competitiveness Index reveals a pro-growth trend across the nation for 2018. The 11th edition of Rich States, Poor States is characterized …

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    State Bonded Obligations, 2018

    States issue a diverse array of bonded obligations, with a range of obligation strength, revenue sources, debt service schedules, and other factors. This study collects and analyzes the bonded obligations …

  • Online Sales Tax Collection, Constitutional Precedent, and Interstate Commerce: What You Need to Know image

    Online Sales Tax Collection, Constitutional Precedent, and Interstate Commerce: What You Need to Know

    Hardworking individual and business taxpayers deserve protection from out-of-state tax collectors and regulators.

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    Unaccountable, Unaffordable 2017

    Unaffordable and Unaccountable 2017 surveys the more than 280 state-administered public pension plans, detailing their assets and liabilities. The unfunded liabilities (the amount by which the present value of liabilities …

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    State of the States 2017

    In 2017, 50 governors across America delivered State of the State or other policy addresses. These speeches included numerous economic policy proposals that will affect the states’ economic competitiveness. This …

  • State Tax Cut Roundup: 2016 Legislative Session image

    State Tax Cut Roundup: 2016 Legislative Session

    The 2016 legislative session ended with nine states enacting changes to their tax codes sufficient to qualify for the Tax Cut Roundup. Each provided substantial tax relief for their citizens.

  • Lessons from Kansas: A Behind the Scenes Look at America’s Most Discussed Tax Reform Effort image

    Lessons from Kansas: A Behind the Scenes Look at America’s Most Discussed Tax Reform Effort

    Positioned in the center of the United States, Kansas has often served as a stand-in for the preferences of non-coastal America. Perhaps this unique position is why a 2012 tax …

  • Unaccountable and Unaffordable 2016: Unfunded Public Pension Liabilities Near $5.6 Trillion image

    Unaccountable and Unaffordable 2016: Unfunded Public Pension Liabilities Near $5.6 Trillion

    State public pension plans are now underfunded by nearly $5.6 trillion – an increase of almost $900 billion from State Budget Solutions’ (SBS) last comprehensive report in 2014.

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    State of the States 2016

    This report observes and analyzes the economic policy proposals discussed in each governor’s State of the State address.

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    State Budget Reform Toolkit

    Today, states face structural deficits created by overspending. Most of the legislative “fixes” over the past few years for state budget gaps have merely postponed or obscured the problems …