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

  • 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.