The Center works with states and state nonprofit organizations to develop responsible budget and tax policies that take the needs of low-income families into account. The Center helps build the capacity of State Fiscal Analysis Initiative organizations and other state nonprofit organizations to provide reliable analysis on fiscal policy and budget priorities in their states.


Special Report Series:
How Federal Policies Affect State Budgets
State Tax and Expenditure Limits

2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 2000 | 1999-1987

State Policies to Assist the Working Poor
Liz McNichol and John Springer
12/10/04
Overview: 194K-HTML
Full Report: 217K-PDF, 63pp.

State-Level Ballot Measures in November 2004 With Significant Fiscal Implications
By Nicholas Johnson and David H. Bradley
Revised 10/13/04
24K-HTML, 38K-PDF, 5pp.

Connecting the Dots: Federal Policies Are Worsening Wisconsin’s State and Local Budget Problems
John Keckhaver, Jon Peacock, and Iris Lav
10/6/04
Press Release: 16K-HTML, 66K-PDF, 2pp.
Executive Summary: 25K-HTML
Full Report: 158K-PDF, 28pp.

Proposed "Business Activity Tax Nexus" Legislation Would Seriously Undermine State Taxes on Corporate Profits and Harm the Economy
Michael Mazerov
Revised 10/4/04
Highlights: 13K-HTML, 23K-PDF, 2pp.
Full Report: 85K-HTML, 83K-PDF, 15pp.
Appendix: 84K-PDF, 17pp.

Federal Policies Are Worsening Missouri's Budget Problems
Nicholas Johnson, Iris J. Lav and Amy Blouin
9/15/04
Press Release: 25K-HTML, 31K-PDF, 2pp.
Full Report: 310K-HTML, 101K-PDF, 21pp.

A Brief Update on State Fiscal Conditions And The Effects of Federal Policies on State Budgets
9/13/04
23K-HTML, 33K-PDF, 6pp.

Passing Down the Deficit: Federal Policies Contribute to the Severity of the State Fiscal Crisis
Iris J. Lav and Andrew Brecher
Revised 8/18/04
Press Release: 113K-HTML, 40K-PDF, 2pp.
Fact Sheet: 12K-HTML, 36K-PDF, 1pp.
Full Report: 954K-HTML, 118K-PDF, 26pp.
State by State Data: HTML

States' Heavy Reliance on Spending Cuts and One-Time Measures to Close Their Budget Gaps Leaves Programs at Risk
Elizabeth McNichol
7/29/04
250K-HTML, 48K-PDF, 10pp.

Proposed "Voice Over Internet Protocol Regulatory Freedom Act" Threatens To Strip States And Localities Of Billions Of Dollars In Annual Tax Revenues
Michael Mazerov
7/20/04
16K-HTML, 27K-PDF, 3pp.

A Response to GAO’s Criticisms of State Fiscal Grants
Nicholas Johnson and Edwin Park
6/15/04
25K-HTML, 33K-PDF, 5pp.

A Sales Tax Deduction Would Largely Benefit High-income Taxpayers and Carry a High Cost
Iris J. Lav
Revised 6/9/04
50K-HTML, 34K-PDF, 5pp.

A HAND UP: How State Earned Income Tax Credits Help Working Families Escape Poverty in 2004
Joseph Llobrera and Bob Zahradnik
5/14/04
70K-HTML, 73K-PDF, 7pp.

States Face Continuing Fiscal Problems; Evidence from Recent Reports
Elizabeth McNichol
Revised 5/12/04
15K-HTML, 25K-PDF, 3pp.

A Brief Overview of State Fiscal Conditions and the Effects of Federal Policies on State Budgets
John Springer
Revised 5/12/04
25K-HTML, 54K-PDF, 5pp.

Many States Cut Budgets as Fiscal Squeeze Continues
Elizabeth McNichol and Makeda Harris
Revised 4/26/04
127K-HTML, 91K-PDF, 15pp.

State Income Tax Burdens on Low-Income Families in 2003
Bob Zahradnik and Joseph Llobrera
4/8/04
888K-HTML, 40K-PDF, 17pp.

Colorado’s Fiscal Problems Have Been Severe and Are Likely to Continue
Nicholas Johnson, Carol Hedges, and Jim Zelenski
3/17/04
56K-HTML, 60K-PDF, 12pp.

Press Release: Colorado’s Tax and Expenditure Limits More a Cause Than Cure For State’s Fiscal Problems
3/17/04
16K-HTML, 28K-PDF, 2pp.

The Alexander-Carper Internet Access Tax Moratorium Bill, S. 2084: A True Compromise that Substantially Broadens the Original Moratorium
Michael Mazerov
3/15/04
59K-HTML, 73K-PDF, 13pp.

Reducing Hawaii's Income Tax On Working-Poor Families: Three Options
Bob Zahradnik
3/11/04
97K-HTML, 101K-PDF, 5pp.

Fiscal Crisis is Shrinking State Budgets
Elizabeth McNichol
Revised 2/25/04
200K-HTML, 53K-PDF, 10pp.

Assessing the Impact of State Estate Taxes
Elizabeth C. McNichol
2/18/04
159K-HTML, 57K-PDF, 11pp.

Press Release: State Estate Taxes Affect Very Few Estates
2/18/04
17K-HTML, 30K-PDF, 2pp.

State Budget Deficits Projected for Fiscal Year 2005
Nicholas Johnson and Bob Zahradnik
Revised 2/6/04
137K-HTML, 33K-PDF, 5pp.

Decline in Federal Grants Will Put Additional Squeeze on State and Local Budgets
Iris J. Lav
2/3/04
27K-HTML, 38K-PDF, 3pp.

Will Taxing Additional Services Hurt Iowa’s Economy?
Iris J. Lav
1/29/04
57K-HTML, 44K-PDF, 6pp.

Many States Are Decoupling from the Federal Estate Tax Cut
Elizabeth C. McNichol
Revised 1/14/04
10K-HTML, 20K-PDF, 1pp.