Mary Mahling

Infographic: State Jobs: The Long-Term View

By: - July 15, 2011

  Last week’s news that the national unemployment rate had ticked up to 9.2 percent came with sobering data on state government employment. States had shed 7,000 jobs in a month, bringing overall state employment to its lowest level since 2006.  While it remains unclear how much further state employment will decline, history suggests that […]

Infographic: Wyoming First in Federal Dollars Per Capita

By: - July 1, 2011

The federal budget provides about 30 percent of state revenue, making it the largest single source of funds for many states. But the feds are more generous with some states than with others, according to an analysis by Federal Funds Information for States , which tracks budget policy. Some Western states receive a greater proportion of […]

Infographic: For State Budgets, A Long Road Back to Peak Revenue

By: - April 29, 2011

For about a year, state revenues have been on the rebound. That’s good news for anyone involved in crafting a state budget. Here’s the bad news: Revenues dropped so far during the Great Recession that most states have a long way to go before they return to their pre-recession peak.  The graph below shows when states […]