The State of State and Local Finances

Source: Penelope Lemov, Governing, Finance e-newsletter, December 13, 2012

New studies afford a state-by-state or city-by-city analysis of fiscal well being…. There’s been nothing short of a boom in tabulating the fiscal ups and downs of states and localities. The Census Bureau, of course, has always computed state financial data, which Governing’s Data Editor Mike Maciag compiled into bar graphs searchable by state. But now, state and local government finances are the focus of a number of organizations — from universities to consultants to Wall Street firms. They are starting to produce annual and even semi-annual reports that analyze key economic indicators in the 50 states and several big cities….
State of the States 2012
Source: The States Project (a joint venture of Harvard University’s Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School, the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute of Government, and the American Education Foundation), 2012

State Economic Chartbook
Source: Chris Mauro, Jordan Taylor, RBC Capital Market, November 29, 2012

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