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About State and Local Government Finance

State and Local Government Finance

The Institute’s Fiscal Studies Program was established in May 1990 in response to the growing importance of state governments in the American federal system. The mission of the Fiscal Studies Program is to provide high-quality, practical, independent research about state and local programs and finances. The program conducts research on trends affecting all 50 states and serves as a national resource for public officials, the media, public affairs experts, researchers, and others.

Ongoing and Recent Research

The Fiscal Studies Program produces reports on important developments in state fiscal policy, including taxes, education spending, and health and welfare reform.

For example, the State Revenue Report is a quarterly analysis of trends in state tax revenue. The report is published shortly after the end of each calendar quarter, making it more timely than comparable information available elsewhere. Additionally, it analyzes the effects of legislated changes in tax laws, enabling officials and researchers to better understand the reasons for differences in revenue patterns among states.

The program also publishes periodic analyses of trends in state and local government spending and taxes in the form of the State Fiscal Briefs and News. Topics have included tax cut updates, overviews of education spending in state budgets, and surveys of the economic assumptions underlying state budgets.

And the Fiscal Studies Program occasionally produces longer reports, papers, and books on particular topics such as corrections, welfare, and health spending.


In addition to support provided by the Institute, the program relies on grants and contracts for most of its funding. Major grants have been received from the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Ford Foundation, the Smith Richardson Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.


Lucy Dadayan is a senior research scientist in the State and Local Government Finance research group. She has conducted research and co-authored reports on several state and local government fiscal policy issues; state spending on public policy programs and the effects of state fiscal capacity and economic changes; fiscal issues and organizational challenges of the K-12 education system in New York State; and state and local government administration of the Workforce Investment Act. Dadayan received her Ph.D. informatics at the University at Albany.