Financial State of the States 2022

OCTOBER 24, 2022

This year's report found that 31 states did not have enough money to pay all of their bills.

New study measures financial transparency among state governments

NOVEMBER 16, 2021


Financial Transparency Score 2021

NOVEMBER 16, 2021

To encourage the publication of transparent and accurate government financial information, Truth in Accounting has created a transparency score for financial reporting by the states. 

Majority of state finances worsened during beginning of pandemic

SEPTEMBER 28, 2021


Financial State of the States 2021

SEPTEMBER 28, 2021

Truth in Accounting's twelfth annual Financial State of the States report, a nationwide analysis of the most recent state government financial information.

States, cities, and the gigantic Covid bailout

DECEMBER 16, 2020 | THE WALL STREET JOURNAL | by Robert Parker

William A. Galston tugs on heartstrings to make the case that “States and Cities Deserve Taxpayer Support” (Politics & Ideas, Dec. 9). 

Nevada, other Democrat-run states, waiting for a federal bailout

NOVEMBER 20, 2020 | LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL | by Bob Valentine

Regarding your Saturday editorial “Where’s the money?”: You note that budget gimmicks won’t work this time. But it depends on which ones you consider.

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.

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? 

Two of the senators pushing PERS secrecy bill receive six-figure public pensions

MARCH 1, 2019 | LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL | by Victor Joecks

When you sign the checks, you have the right to see to whom they’re made out.

Time for Nevada public pension system to produce the data


“It appears that Nevada pension officials have exhausted all judicial avenues in their cynical effort to conceal information from taxpayers about the retirement benefits they fund for public employees. But given their well-established preference for ignoring the law, such an assessment may prove premature.”

Nevada high court rules for public access to retirement records

OCTOBER 23, 2018 | LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL | by Natalie Bruzda

The Nevada Supreme Court on Thursday ruled 4-3 on the side of the public’s right to know the retirement benefits of state employees in a high-profile public records case that began three years ago.

Financing the new water infrastructure

MAY 30, 2018 | NATIONAL LEAGUE OF CITIES | by Cynthia Koehler

When it comes to addressing the nation’s water infrastructure crisis, cities and towns are ground zero.

Where does the state of Nevada get its money?

APRIL 6, 2018 | ELKO DAILY FREE PRESS | by Ron Knecht, James Smack

This is our third column presenting the findings of the Nevada Controller’s Annual Report for fiscal year 2017.

Nevada receives a ā€˜Cā€™ in Truth in Accounting report

MARCH 2, 2018 | NEVADA WATCHDOG | by Bethany Blankley

Nevada received a “C” grade in a recently released report produced by Truth in Accounting, a nonpartisan nonprofit group that analyzes government financial data across the country.

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.

News organizations need to stop misleading the public about PERS


A pernicious myth is being spread by some of Nevada’s news organizations about the financial health of PERS — erroneously suggesting the public should be unconcerned about a multi-billion dollar debt that continues to consume more and more tax dollars every year.

Public disclosure of Nevada corporate tax breaks fires up policy debate

NOVEMBER 7, 2017 | WATCHDOG.ORG | by Andrew Burger

A new report from the Nevada State Controller's Office provides an estimate of tax revenues foregone as a consequence of tax breaks granted to corporations across the state of Nevada in fiscal 2017.

Nevada will lower assumption for public pension plans


A state panel overseeing the $38 billion Nevada public employee pension plan voted Thursday to lower its decades-old assumption about the return on its investments.

Nevada pension systems discourages teachers from staying in the profession

OCTOBER 9, 2017 | LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL | by Robert Fellner

There are undoubtedly a variety of reasons behind Clark County School District Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky’s recent decision to retire. But one factor warrants further scrutiny: He would effectively lose money by continuing to work past the age of 53.

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