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

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  • 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.

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    Yankee Institute argues for expanded pension options for Connecticut’s public school teachers

    November 15, 2019
    Hartford Courant

    Connecticut’s defined benefit plan for public school teachers is fiscally untenable and limits teachers’ mobility, according to a recent report from the Yankee Institute, a Hartford-based think tank that advocates for a free market, limited government approach to public policy.


    MIA defense spending – a crucial cost of war

    November 15, 2019
    The Hill

    The United States government spends upward of $140 million per year to recover and identify the remains of the 81,000 unaccounted-for service members from World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Cold War and the Persian Gulf War. … Because I have spent the last decade studying the MIA accounting effort, I'm often asked whether I think it's worth pouring all this money and effort into recovering and identifying these war dead. …  It's not a zero-sum game: these efforts make clear the steep human costs of war.


    2019 resolution report: ‘Mind the Gap’

    November 15, 2019
    Financial Stability Board

    This new FSB piece has some ideas relevant to pensions in its insurance discussion. For example, it discusses insurance resolvability when an insurer fails. Pensions are and will be failing in significant ways, and most of these powers do NOT exist in the US for pensions whether public or ERISA or church plans.

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