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Budgets and the Balance of Power: The Lasting Impact of Silver v. Pataki and How It Shapes the Future of Government in New York State

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015
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Revenue Collections Show Solid Growth; Good “April Surprises” on the Horizon

Total state tax collections showed growth at 5.7 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014. Preliminary data for the January-March 2015 quarter suggests continued growth in overall tax collections. Moreover, early data on personal income tax collections for April suggest that revenue from tax returns is up considerably over last year and most states should expect good April surprises.

Virginia Affordable Care Act Opponents Thwart Full Implementation

Researchers from The Commonwealth Institute, a leading Richmond, Virginia-based policy center, have pointed to the effectiveness of opponents of the Affordable Care Act in blocking full implementation of key provisions of the law in Virginia, despite support for broadening the state’s Medicaid program by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe. The Virginia report is the twenty-first baseline study completed by a 36-state network led by the Rockefeller Institute, the Brookings Institution, and the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania.

Growing Volatility in State Tax Revenue Is Driving Forecasting Errors

According to a new technical report released by the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government, increases in state revenue forecasting errors during the recent recession were driven by increases in revenue volatility. The report discusses how revenue forecasting errors have changed in recent years and examines the relationship between revenue forecasting accuracy and (1) tax revenue volatility, (2) timing and frequency of forecasts, and (3) forecasting institutions and processes.

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The Institute in the news...

“Government Spending, Edging Up, Is a Stimulus”

; The New York Times
The Times quotes Senior Fellow Donald J. Boyd on increasing government spending.

“Valuing Diversity and Investing in Our Nation’s Children”

; The Huffington Post
Institute Director Thomas L. Gais comments on the effects of poverty on educational performance.

“Tennessee Shows How Republicans Learned to Embrace Obamacare”

Senior Fellow Richard Nathan discusses how money is influencing implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

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