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.

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  • State budgets are expected to continue their trend of moderate growth in fiscal 2015 according to governors’ spending proposals. Consistent year-over-year growth has helped states achieve relative budget stability, but progress remains slow for many states. With each passing year of slow improvement, more and more states are moving beyond recession induced declines and returning to spending and revenue growth. According to executive budgets, general fund spending is projected to increase by 2.9 percent in fiscal 2015.
  • The purpose of the public safety network is to facilitate faster, interoperable communications capabilities for police, firefighters, emergency medical professionals and other public safety officials across levels of government. At this time, there is no clear indication exactly what the final price tag for the network will be nor how the long-term operating and maintenance costs of the network will be funded. This makes the nationwide public safety network particularly relevant for state fiscal planners.  

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