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COVID-19 Challenges State and Local Government Finances

As the coronavirus pandemic wreaks havoc on the U.S. economy, state and local governments will not be immune from the pain. In the near term, governments face liquidity challenges, as many tax deadlines have been postponed. In the longer term, governments will experience large revenue declines that may lead to significant budget cuts.
Economic Bulletin , Issue May 13, 2020 , Pages 4

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COVID-19 Stuns U.S. and Tenth District Economies, but Both Show Signs of Stabilization

COVID-19 and attempts to slow its spread have led to a decline in economic activity unprecedented in both severity and speed. Although every part of the United States experienced dramatic decreases in activity, states in the Tenth Federal Reserve District, with lower COVID-19 cases as a percentage of the population, have fared slightly better. More recently, national and regional measures of business and consumer activity have improved but remain well below pre-pandemic levels.
Economic Bulletin

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The growth and volatility of state tax revenue sources in the Tenth District

With the sluggishness in the national economy in 2008, many state governments are projecting budget shortfalls for the 2009 fiscal year. This trend is a concern to policymakers, as the health of a state's tax revenues is important to its economic growth and its ability to finance the public services that residents demand. State governments provide physical infrastructure, educate the future workforce, and protect people and property. In addition, in the Tenth Federal Reserve District, state and local governments employ over 16 percent of the workforce. ; While a number of factors influence ...
Economic Review , Volume 93 , Issue Q III , Pages 63-88

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Do state corporate income taxes reduce wages?

Amid falling revenues and impending budget shortfalls, state policymakers must find ways to increase revenue, cut spending, or both. At the same time, they must develop policies that attract or keep businesses and jobs. Some policymakers may consider raising corporate tax rates because it avoids directly taxing workers who are already suffering the effects of this recession. But as states reevaluate their current tax policy, it is important to consider the effects of each tax component. One important question is: Who will bear the burden of the taxes? ; State corporate income taxes are ...
Economic Review , Volume 94 , Issue Q II , Pages 77-102

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The importance of community colleges to the Tenth District economy

The recent recession and now the recovery have caused enrollment at many community colleges to soar as unemployed workers retrain for new occupations and students who might otherwise attend a four-year college choose to save money. In the Tenth District, the importance of community colleges is likely to rise even further as the economy continues to evolve and industries demand workers with new skills. ; Labor market projections over the next decade suggest that new jobs in the district will be filled more by workers with an associate?s degree or some college than by those with any other type ...
Economic Review , Volume 95 , Issue Q III , Pages 69-93

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What is the outlook for local government revenues in the Tenth District?

Local governments, which rely heavily on property taxes and fund transfers from state governments, continue to struggle with slowing revenues - a situation that is likely to persist over the next few years. As new property tax assessments reflect declines in house prices, local property tax revenues may fall in some areas unless tax rates are increased. In addition, decreases in state revenues have led to a slowdown in state transfers to local governments. ; Felix finds that for this downturn, local government revenues from property taxes and state transfers combined were likely slowest in ...
Economic Review , Volume 96 , Issue Q III , Pages 71-100

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Effect of aging on labor force participation rates in the Mountain States

Rocky Mountain Economist , Issue Q I , Pages 1-6

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Recession and Recovery in the Mountain States

Rocky Mountain Economist , Issue Q IV , Pages 1-4

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Key industries in the Mountain states

Rocky Mountain Economist , Issue Q III , Pages 1-4

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Deconstructing mountain state unemployment rates

This issue of the Rocky Mountain Economist discusses how the unemployment rate is calculated and explores recent trends in the Mountain States? unemployment rates.
Rocky Mountain Economist

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