Financial State of the States NOW AVAILABLE

Our tenth annual Financial State of the States report, a nationwide analysis of the most recent state government financial information, is now available. 

Financial State of Chicago Public Schools

Our analysis on the fiscal health of Chicago Public Schools for FY 2018 is now available. 

Federal data now available on State Data Lab

We have expanded our State Data Lab to offer federal data in addition to city and state data that is already available to users. Explore the database

US Published National Debt


The Truth


Each Taxpayer's Share: $784,000

Explore our database at
  • Financial State of the States 2019

    Our tenth annual Financial State of the States report, a nationwide analysis of the most recent state government financial information. 

  • Bill's Blog

    Bill Bergman serves as TIA's Director of Research. He is responsible for managing TIA's federal project and State Data Lab's data base.  Bergman spent 13 years as an economist and policy analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

  • NEW Financial State of Chicago

    New report on the Financial State of Chicago finds that the city's financial condition worsened by $2 billion compared to the previous year. 

  • Financial State of the Union

    Read our newest report on the Financial State of the Union, which found that the financial condition of the U.S. government worsened by $3.9 trillion in 2018.

  • State Data Lab

    Choose between more than 650 data variables, including demographic, economic and financial at the federal, state, and city level to create your own chart.

more publications
  • Financial report: No bragging rights for state

    October 21, 2019
    Republican American (Connecticut)

    Connecticut has received another embarrassing financial distinction. This leaves little doubt that goodies for Big Public Labor hurt average taxpayers. Truth in Accounting, a Chicago-based think tank, has released the 2019 edition of its “Financial State of the States” report. It deemed Connecticut’s financial situation the 48th healthiest in the United States.

  • Boston ranked one of the best cities … or is it?

    October 17, 2019
    Boston Patch

    Conde Nast Traveler (CNT) released its "The Best Cities in the U.S.: 2019 Readers' Choice Awards" this week.

  • Rick Scott warns six governors about rising debt

    October 16, 2019
    Florida Daily

    Last week, U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., sent letters to the governors of Illinois, Massachusetts, Hawaii, Delaware, Connecticut and New Jersey–all Democrats save Gov. Charlie Baker, R-Mass., outlining his concerns about rising debt in their states and showcasing the actions he took as governor to turn around Florida’s economy.

read more in the news
view all stories here

Get this in your e-mail. Subscribe below.


Receive our newsletter, updates, and important research in your e-mail box.


Products and Resources