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

  • Highlights include:- In fiscal 2015, total state spending increased at its fastest rate since 1992, primarily due to growth in federal Medicaid funds resulting from the Affordable Care Act (ACA).- Spending from states’ own funds moderately grew in fiscal 2015, while federal funds to states rapidly increased due to the ACA.- Medicaid represented over half of all federal funds to states in fiscal 2015.- State revenue growth accelerated in fiscal 2015, although it was hampered somewhat by the decline in oil prices.
  • 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.