Thursday, July 13, 2017
Mercatus Center, Ranking the States by Fiscal Condition (2017):
This paper contains four sections. Section 1 reviews the definitions, data, and methodology used to produce the ranking. Section 2 presents an analysis of how states have changed both in absolute terms and over time, highlighting the biggest changes between fiscal years 2014 and 2015. Section 3 provides an analysis of the top five and bottom five states. Section 4 concludes with key takeaways from the best- and worst-performing states and implications for the years to come.