Thirty-nine states ill-prepared for coronavirus pandemic

SEPTEMBER 22, 2020

The 2020 Financial State of the States report surveys the fiscal health of the 50 states prior to the coronavirus pandemic. This data is released today by Truth in Accounting (TIA), a think tank that analyzes government financial reporting.

No amount of government spending will satisfy

JULY 23, 2020 | IDAHO PRESS | by Janice McGeachin

Recently, some organizations in Idaho have been agitating for additional federal spending to finance direct subsidies to individuals. Some have even resorted to publicly displaying banners on a busy street in downtown Boise calling on elected officials to further increase spending.

State general revenue shortfall projections

JUNE 1, 2020 | by Bill Bergman, Sheila Weinberg

How large could the shortfall in state government general revenues be, amidst the coronavirus and related crises? 

Idaho ranked as one of the most financially transparent states


 Truth in Accounting, a nonpartisan watchdog group, dedicated to analyzing government accounting data from each of the 50 states, has ranked Idaho one of the most financially transparent states in the U.S.

Brown, McMorris Rodgers disagree on Social Security


Congress could consider some comprehensive reforms of Social Security if they improve the program’s solvency and protect the benefits of retirees and those close to retirement, the Republican representing Eastern Washington voters said.

Unfunded state liabilities total $1.5 trillion

FEBRUARY 2, 2018 | NEWSMAX | by Scott Rasmussen

Forty-one U.S. states do not have enough money to pay their bills, collectively they have racked up $1.5 trillion in unfunded liabilities.

People flocking to low-tax states could swing future elections

JANUARY 24, 2018 | THE HILL | by Jonathan Williams

Just a month ago, as friends and families prepared to gather for the holiday season, the men and women at the U.S. Census Bureau were busy releasing their latest annual estimates of population changes across the United States.

State pension funds continue to fall behind. Here’s how much you owe

OCTOBER 19, 2017 | CNBC

Voters worried that Congress and the White House can't tame federal borrowing may be overlooking another big debt bomb closer to home.

Turkish opposition subsidizes scores of state lawmakers' trips


By Liz Essley Whyte (Center for Public Integrity), includes "More than 150 state legislators from places like Idaho and Texas accepted subsidized junkets from a Turkish opposition group that the country's government now blames for an attempted coup. 

Defusing the debt bomb

JANUARY 4, 2016 | THE WASHINGTON TIMES | by David Walker

Fiscal survey of the states


Enacted state budgets for fiscal 2016 represent a sixth consecutive year of spending and revenue growth, according to this report. 

Pension Watchdog: Idaho Needs $3.5 Billion to Fund Pension Promises


Idaho closes fiscal year with surplus


The higher-than-predicted tax revenues also triggered legislation sought by Gov. Butch Otter this year to transfer $85.4 million of the year-end balance into the state’s main savings account, the Budget Stabilization Fund.

Detroit not alone under crushing pension obligations

JULY 22, 2013 | USA TODAY

From Baltimore to Los Angeles, and many points in between, municipalities are increasingly confronted with how to pay for these massive promises. The Pew Center for the States, in Washington, estimated states' public pension plans across the U.S. were underfunded by a whopping $1.4 trillion in 2010. … Early this year, the Pew Center released a survey showing that 61 of the nation's largest cities — limiting the survey to the largest city in each state and all other cities with more than 500,000 people — had a gap of more than $217 billion in unfunded pension and health care liabilities. While cities had long promised health care, life insurance and other benefits to retirees, "few ... started saving to cover the long-term costs," the report said.

State debt more than $37,000 per private worker, $13,000 per capita


State Budget Solutions' third annual State Debt Report released in August showed that together, state governments together face a crushing debt of more than $4 trillion. This report examines state debt on a per capita basis and reveals that state debt amounts to $13,425 for every man, woman and child in America. The debt total equals $37,486 for every private sector worker. It is almost a third of private sector Gross State Product.

Those numbers illustrate that, without serious and immediate reforms, lawmakers will eventually have little choice but to drastically raise taxes and slash services. This updated report examines state debt as it relates to the individuals and families who will ultimately bear that burden. This report calculates total state debt per capita, per private sector employee, and as a percentage of private sector gross state product (GSP). In each of the three categories, Hawaii, New Jersey, and Alaska are among states with the five largest debt figures. At the other end of the spectrum, Nebraska has the lowest total in each of the areas.

Announcing final 2011 IFTA data, revisions

DECEMBER 10, 2012

The Institute for Truth in Accounting has prepared final calculations for state financial conditions for the three years ended in fiscal year 2011. Preliminary estimates issued in November have been revised, where necessary, to reflect more complete source material and a final audit of data quality.

Announcing the arrival of preliminary 2011 IFTA data

NOVEMBER 29, 2012

State Data Lab now includes preliminary data computed by the Institute for Truth in Accounting and taken from each state's 2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). These data include Assets Available to Pay Bills, Total Bills, and Each Taxpayer's Burden or Surplus.

Idaho ranks 13th in Truth in Accounting 50 State Study

SEPTEMBER 10, 2012

Each Idaho taxpayer’s financial burden equals $2,600.