Fiscal Policy


Fiscal Road to Recovery Brief Series

This six-part series examines American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Fund allocation priorities a year after the program launched and showcases examples to help inform policymakers as they combat the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Fiscal Briefs

Fiscal Briefs

NCSL Fiscal Briefs are snapshots of timely state budget and tax issues. Check back monthly for the latest brief compiled by NCSL’s Fiscal Affairs Team.



Fiscal Policy


How States are Spending their Stimulus Funds

The COVID-19 pandemic had an unprecedented impact on state fiscal conditions. In response to the crisis, states increased spending on public health and shut down economic activity, which halted state revenues. Fearing catastrophic economic consequences, the federal government stepped in and passed several stimulus packages. Two of them provided direct flexible funding to states.


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FY 2023 State Budget Status

NCSL tracks states' enactment of their FY 2023 budgets. As of July 19, 48 states have enacted a budget for FY 2023.


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Fiscal Databases 

NCSL provides searchable databases on fiscal issues, including three recently released COVID-19 databases: State Actions on Coronavirus Relief Funds, State Actions to Close Budget Shortfalls in Response to COVID-19, and a COVID-19 Legislation Tracking Database. Other databases include Tax Incentive Evaluations, State Tax Actions and Pension Legislation.


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Budgets and Revenue

One of eight standing committees, Budgets and Revenue is responsible for protecting the states' interests in federal decisions regarding fiscal matters including annual action on the federal budget.


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Fiscal 50: State Trends and Analysis

Escape the annual budget bubble with data and expert insights from Fiscal 50, an interactive tool from The Pew Charitable Trusts.