Fiscal Survey of States




With data gathered from all 50 state budget offices, this semi-annual report provides:

  • Narrative analysis of the fiscal condition of the States
  • Data summaries of state general fund revenues, expenditures, and balances

The spring edition details governors’ proposed budgets; the fall edition details enacted budgets.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

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