With the end of tax season, CNBC has compiled some interesting graphics related to federal and state taxes. Using data from the Tax Foundation, the Internal Revenue Service and U.S. Treasury Department, the article details where federal and state revenues come from and how they are spent. The top three spending items for the federal government were Health and Human Services, Social Security and Defense. An interactive map of the United States allows users to see several state-level measures, including total taxes paid, average deductions and state tax rates. 

The non-partisan Tax Foundation has calculated the tax burdens of the citizens of each state while adjusting for the fact that many state taxes are exported to residents of other states.

Over the last couple of decades, states have been on a fiscal and economic roller coaster. In the 1990s, state revenues soared from the longest economic expansionary period in U.S. history, but crashed after two recessions in the 2000s. These volatile conditions and uncertainty make it difficult for state policymakers to effectively manage state resources. A new report out by the Pew Charitable Trusts, “Managing Uncertainty” takes a look at that revenue volatility and examines the factors that drive it, including state economic conditions over time and their interaction with state taxes. The report then goes on to recommend a number of ways that states can respond to these concerns.

A recently released survey, conducted by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, examines the use of the federal Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program (EECBG). Created under the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the grant program received $2.7 billion in funding to be distributed to cities, counties, states and tribal governments to invest in energy efficient infrastructure upgrades.

For 2013, 7 states have their own inheritance taxes and 14 states plus DC have their own estate taxes. Check out this link for a breakdown of estate and inheritance taxes for your state.

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In State of the State addresses reflecting improved fiscal conditions in much of the Midwest, the region’s governors opened the 2014 legislative year with proposals to cut taxes and invest more in worker training and early-childhood education.

The Great Recession had a significant impact on state and local budgets, resulting in increasing levels of scrutiny and attention to the financial viability of states and municipalities, particularly relating to bankruptcy, bonds and pensions.  The Council of State Governments has joined with national organizations representing the nation’s governors, state legislatures, and state and local officials to release “2014 Facts: State and Municipal Bankruptcy, Municipal Bonds, State and Local Pensions,” a report that provides research...

According to a press release issued by his office, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has proposed a plan to overhaul the state's tax code. The plan is based on recommendations issued in late 2012 by the Blue Ribbon Commission on Tax Reform. Beshear says that the goals of the proposal are to modernize the tax code, reduce income rates and position the state for job growth. “Kentucky’s current tax code hampers our people and our businesses, preventing us from growing the economy we need and deserve,” Gov. Beshear said. “This plan simplifies our tax code, creates an even more attractive business climate for current and future businesses, and offers some relief to every working Kentuckian.”

Forty-five states levy a general statewide sales tax, with rates ranging from 2.9 cents to 7.5 cents per dollar. During the past decade, sales tax rates have remained relatively stable, with few states making significant changes to them. While rates have remained stable, depressed consumer spending has led to declines in total sales tax revenue and many states continue to struggle to get back to pre-recessionary levels of revenue.

Governors are releasing their budget proposals for fiscal year 2015, which for most states will begin on July 1, 2014. Seventeen states previously enacted two-year budgets covering both fiscal years 2014 and 2015. The National Association of State Budget Officers has compiled a comprehensive list of links to proposed and previously enacted budgets for states and territories - check it out here: National Association of State Budget Officers.