New resource on state budgets and fiscal info now available online

A new annotated reference guide to state budgets, financial reports, and fiscal analyses - State Budget Sources: An Annotated Guide to State Budgets, Financial Reports, and Fiscal Analyses, from the Volcker Alliance - is now available online. The report is designed to help public officials, policy advocates, journalists, academics, and concerned citizens fully understand the critical fiscal decisions that governors and legislators must make.

The guide includes links to budgets for all fifty states as well as legislative analyses of budget bills and treasurers’ or comptrollers’ monthly state cash-flow statements; capital spending plans; reports on public-worker pension funding and returns; and reports by local and national fiscal research organizations, bond rating firms, and associations of state fiscal and finance officials.

“To fully understand the reasons behind decisions that governors and legislators make as they attempt to balance budgets according to law or historical practice, public officials, policy advocates, journalists, academics, and concerned citizens must tap other information within and outside statehouses,” the report reads. “The information in this guide is essential not just for analyzing budgets but also for helping elected officials make choices that are informed by data instead of by expediency, anecdotes, or political considerations.”

The report’s authors – Katherine Barrett and Richard Greene – are special project consultants to the Volcker Alliance as well as senior fellows of The Council of State Governments.

To access the full report, visit the Volcker Alliance website: https://www.volckeralliance.org/publications/state-budget-sources or click on the map below:

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