Disaster Management & Emergency Response

 

States face a variety of fiscal issues related to natural and man-made disaster response efforts.  While each disaster is different, there are also similarities in states’ experiences in working with the federal government, providing funding to local governments, modifying the budget and making emergency appropriations, and responding to bond rating agencies. States experienced a record number of disasters in 2011 including flooding, tornadoes, wildfires, and snowstorms.

Staff Contact: Brian Sigritz

NASBO Publications

  • This report shows that state budgets are expected to continue on a path of stable, moderate growth, with 42 governors recommending spending increases for fiscal 2016. However, progress is slow, and structural issues and long-term spending pressures will require difficult budget choices for many states. States’ spending proposals continue to be cautious as they plan for limited revenue growth.
  • This report shows that state fiscal conditions are moderately improving in fiscal 2015 as the economic recovery enters its sixth year. Consistent annual growth in the economy, while not as robust as many would like, is leading most states back to budget growth. States have replenished some spending for areas cut back during the recession, such as K-12 education and higher education. In addition to bolstering state spending, economic growth has produced higher revenue collections.