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Fiscal Disparities Across States, FY 2002

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Publication Date: January 2007

Publisher(s): Tax Policy Center

Author(s): Yesim Yilmaz; Sonya Hoo; Matthew Nagowski; Kim Rueben; Robert Tannenwald

Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Topic: Banking and finance (Taxation and tax policy)

Keywords: Economy; State and Local Finance; Tax Policy; State and Local Issues

Type: Report


States and their local governments vary both in their needs to provide basic public services, and in their abilities to raise revenues to pay for those services. This study summarizes the Representative Revenue System (RRS) and the Representative Expenditure System (RES) frameworks and quantifies these disparities across states by comparing each state's revenue capacity, revenue effort, and necessary expenditures to the average capacity, effort, and need in states across the country.