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 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.
  • The latest edition of NASBO’s State Expenditure Report finds that total state spending in fiscal 2014 is estimated to have grown at its fastest pace since before the recession, largely due to an increase in federal Medicaid funds as a majority of states chose to expand enrollment under the Affordable Care Act. Total state spending growth in fiscal 2013 was more modest; however, total state expenditure did return to positive growth following declines in fiscal 2012.