U.S. state governments are facing budgetary shortfalls that threaten important public services and state employee pensions. From New York to Texas to California, states across the country must deal with revenue and spending imbalances, forcing governments to make hard choices on how to meet basic needs. Brookings experts examine the problems and offer recommendations on how states can close their budget gaps.
REUTERS/ Rebecca Cook - Protesters carry a banner calling for Detroit's debt to be cancelled as people enter the federal courthouse for day one of Detroit's municipal bankruptcy hearings in Detroit, Michigan July 24, 2013
Unfunded Retiree Healthcare Benefits Are the Elephant In the Room
August 5, 2014, Robert C. Pozen
Robert Pozen looks at proposals that address the unfunded retiree healthcare benefits facing state and local governments, saying they provide a foundation for significant reform of retiree healthcare plans.
U.S. Economic Performance
U.S. States and Territories
U.S. Budget Deficit
Paper | The Hamilton Project
June 19, 2014, Elizabeth U. Cascio and Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach
June 19, 2014, Arindrajit Dube
June 19, 2014
June 19, 2014, Scott Cody and Andrew Asher
Testimony | Oregon Retirement Savings Task Force
May 14, 2014, David C. John
Opinion | National Journal
March 18, 2014, Henry J. Aaron
February 26, 2014, Patrick McGuinn, Patten Priestley Mahler, Matthew M. Chingos and Grover J. "Russ" Whitehurst
February 26, 2014
February 26, 2014, Fred Dews
February 25, 2014, Fred Dews
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