Fiscal Disparities Across States, FY 2002
Publication Date: January 2007
Publisher(s): Tax Policy Center
Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Keywords: Economy; State and Local Finance; Tax Policy; State and Local Issues
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.