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  • When and How States Should Strengthen Their Rainy Day Funds
    Elizabeth McNichol
    April 16, 2014

    With the budget challenges of the Great Recession and its aftermath still fresh in their minds, state policymakers are considering ways to strengthen their “rainy day funds” — budget reserves for use when recessions or other unexpected events cause revenue declines or spending increases.  It is still …
  • Budgeting for the Future: Fiscal Planning Tools Can Show the Way
    Elizabeth McNichol, Vincent Palacios, and Nicholas Johnson
    February 4, 2014

    Links: PDF of Full Report State Fact Sheets Spreadsheet of Table 1 Spreadsheet of Appendix Tables Executive Summary When state policymakers are writing a budget, they should be mindful of the future, not just the present.  The state budget is the single most important document that a state government produces each year, and it receives close public scrutiny.  It serves as both a financial plan and a policy document — that is, a description of the policies the state intends to pursue in the future.…
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