State Budget Sources Guide and Budget Practice Report Card
State Budget Sources
State Budget Sources: An Annotated Guide to State Budgets, Financial Reports, and Fiscal Analyses is a resource published by the Volcker Alliance designed to help public officials, policy advocates, journalists, academics, and concerned citizens fully understand the critical fiscal decisions that governors and legislators must make. The guide includes the links below to budgets for this state as well as legislative analyses of budget bills and treasurers’ or comptrollers’ monthly state cash-flow statements; capital spending plans; reports on public-worker pension funding and returns; and reports by local and national fiscal research organizations, bond rating firms, and associations of state fiscal and finance officials.
Executive and Other Constitutional Finance Offices
Budget plans, capital and debt information, and publications geared to citizens and investors.
Budget-to-actual comparisons, revenue information, appropriations, and historical documents.
In addition to tax functions, incorporates Treasury functions such as investment and cash management for the state’s sixteen public authorities and agencies.
Audit, evaluation, and financial reporting, as well as debt, cash, and investment management; office also has responsibility for the state retirement system.
Current and past reports from the comptroller on the state’s financial condition, as well as the most recent and past comprehensive annual financial reports, Citizen’s Guide, and a link to cash basis reports.
Transparency website, operated by the comptroller’s office, with state spending, state payments, contract information, and public authority information.
Research organization with continuous analysis of New York state and New York City budget and finance issues; member of the Governmental Research Association.
Research group producing reports on budget issues, spending, taxes, pensions, payroll, debt, and other fiscal issues; part of the State Policy Network of state-focused, free market-oriented think tanks.
Data focusing on state spending, contracts, pensions, and payroll.
A project of Good Jobs First, focused on tax subsidy transparency, costs, and benefits, with an emphasis on effects on workers, taxpayers, and communities.
Research on public policy matters, with regular attention to long-term pension funding.
Focuses on New York state and national budget and fiscal matters.
Budget and tax coverage with a focus on improving conditions for all New Yorkers; part of the State Priorities Partnership, a network of state organizations coordinated by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
A coalition of community, labor, human services, and other organizations that focus on budget issues and ways to achieve budgetary balance, economic growth, and support for children and families.
News site offering coverage of New York budget and other fiscal issues, in addition to political news and analysis.
State Budget Report Cards
The report cards found here contain grades of the state's budgetary practices during the fiscal years of 2015 through 2019. Each state received marks in five critical categories, based on their adherence to best practices in several key budgeting indicators. The five categories covered methods used to achieve budgetary balance as well as how budgets and other financial information are disclosed to the public.
States received grades of A to D-minus (there are no “failed states”) for their procedures in estimating revenues and expenditures; their use of one-time actions to balance budgets; how they oversee and use rainy day funds and other fiscal reserves; the adequacy of their funding of public worker retirement and other postemployment benefits; and the quality of transparency of budget and related financial information. The grades are based on research conducted by public finance and budgeting professors and students at eight US schools of public administration or policy. The universities’ research efforts were augmented by Volcker Alliance staff, data consultants at Municipal Market Analytics, and special project consultants Katherine Barrett and Richard Greene.
Select a State Below to View State Report Cards and Budget Sources
- National Organizations and Federal Agencies
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- West Virginia