Taxes & Revenue

 

Information regarding state tax policy and recent revenue performance. State revenue is generated through a variety of sources, including both general fund taxes and other taxes and fees earmarked for special purposes or specific funds. Personal income and sales taxes comprise nearly 75 percent of general fund revenue.  State revenues have begun to recover from the economic downturn, although forecasted fiscal 2012 revenue collections remain well below peak levels witnessed in fiscal 2008.

Staff Contact: Brian Sigritz

NASBO Publications

  • The latest edition of NASBO’s State Expenditure Report finds that for the first time in the history of the State Expenditure Report total state spending declined in fiscal 2012, due to the combination of state funds slowly increasing and federal funds rapidly declining. It is estimated that expenditures returned to more typical growth levels in fiscal 2013 as both state and federal funds moderately increased.
  • This National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO) report, supported by a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, highlights and discusses lessons learned by budget officers during the recent recession. States turned to a variety of actions to stabilize state budgets in this challenging and uncertain fiscal environment.
  • After several years of slow recovery in the national economy, fiscal distress is finally beginning to subside for most states. However, the unemployment rate continues to remain high and the economic recovery is relatively weak compared to other post-recessionary periods. Thus, state operating budgets likely will be constrained by elevated expenditure pressures and slow revenue growth in the upcoming fiscal year.