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Fiscal 50: State Trends and Analysis

June 1, 2023

Escape the annual budget bubble with data and expert insights from Fiscal 50: State Trends and Analysis, an interactive tool from The Pew Charitable Trusts. The tool that provides 50-state data on key fiscal, economic and demographic indicators of long-term state fiscal health. With this tool, you can:

  • Compare states over time, with each other, or with national trends.  
  • Gain insights into each state's long-term financial well-being. 
  • Read analysis from Pew experts. 

Fiscal 50 drills down into five core areas of state fiscal health: revenue, spending, economy and people, long-term costs, and fiscal policy. The tool is not meant to be a comprehensive assessment of a state’s finances or a replica of state budget statistics. Rather, Fiscal 50 selectively presents data and analyses that help you look beyond your current budgets, size up your progress over time, consider different ways to measure performance, and easily compare your outcomes with neighbors or peers that have similar resources and challenges.

The resource is updated regularly with more analysis, fresh data, and additional indicators.

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