The Fiscal Link - October 2013


NCSL and National Association of Legislative Fiscal Offices (NALFO) Updates

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  • Register today for NCSL’s Fall Forum in Washington, D.C. The Forum will be held December 4-6, 2013. View registration information and an online agenda here.
  • Resources from the 2013 Fiscal Analysts Seminar in Annapolis, Maryland are now available online. Click here to access presentations from the meeting.
  • View NCSL’s archived webinar - Evaluating Tax Incentives: Using Evidence to Inform Policy. This webinar featured research from The Pew Charitable Trusts, and two legislators from Oregon and Rhode Island discussed their experiences reviewing tax expenditures. View here.

State News and Reports

  • Arizona. The Joint Legislative Budget Committee published a presentation outlining the public benefits received by the families of 19 firefighters killed in June 2013 based on their permanent or non-permanent employee status.
  •  Minnesota. The House of Representatives Fiscal Analysis Department updated an Issue Brief on “Accelerated June Payments for Sales Tax and Other Taxes,” which outlines the history and purpose behind the state law, and the effect of accelerated payments on state revenues.
  •  New Mexico. The Legislative Finance Committee published a program evaluation of publicly funded early childhood programs in the state. The evaluation recommends creating a more integrated early education system with uniform program standards.
  •  Utah. The Office of the Legislative Fiscal Analyst released a report examining factors that are important for economic growth. The report features a series of charts comparing Utah to the other states.
  •  Virginia.  The Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission published  its annual “Virginia Compared to the Other States” report, which compares Virginia in a variety of  50 state categories.

Federal News and Reports

Other Items of Interest

  • The University of Alabama Education Policy Center examined performance-based funding in higher education across the 50 states.
  • The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy created the Fiscally Standardized Cities (FiSC) database. The database provides access to fiscal information for 112 of the largest U.S. cities, and accounts for variations in local government structures and responsibilities.
  •  The IBM Center for The Business of Government released a report analyzing the impact and costs of late federal appropriations.  
  •  The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College published a report titled “Social Security’s Real Retirement Age is 70,” which examines the benefits retirees can expect to collect by retiring at different ages.

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