Wyoming ranked 5th for lowest tax rates in country

MARCH 10, 2021 | BUCKRAIL (WYOMING) | by Jacob Gore

Includes “… With Tax Day looming and 74% of people disapproving of how the government has used tax dollars during the COVID-19 pandemic, WalletHub today also released its 2021 Taxpayer Survey … 74% of people say the government has not handled their tax dollars wisely during the COVID-19 pandemic. … 38% of people would move to a different country for a tax-free future.”

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.

Lost the ‘entire payroll?’ Dire budget choices loom for state

MAY 26, 2020 | BUFFALO BULLETIN (WYOMING) | by Andrew Graham

State government will soon experience “profound” budget cuts because of a global pandemic and oil market crash, Gov. Mark Gordon said on Wednesday, though to what degree, when and how they will be applied remain to be seen. 

Looking for a new job? These cities will pay you to relocate

MAY 2, 2018 | FOX BUSINESS | by Leia Klingel

The U.S. job market is so tight that some cities are offering bonuses to employees willing to relocate. 

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.

Interior Department worked behind the scenes with energy industry to reverse royalties rule

OCTOBER 6, 2017 | THE WASHINGTON POST | by Juliet Eilperin

Top Interior Department officials worked privately with energy industry representatives during the first weeks of the Trump administration to suspend a new accounting system that would have forced companies to pay millions of dollars more in royalties to the government, documents show.

Illinois second-worst in state debt, worst in taxpayer trust


Got $50,000 laying around you can hand over to the state? Illinois taxpayers owe that much in debt racked up by state government.

Wyoming finances third best the nation; earns an A grade


Wyoming is lucky to essentially have $4.3 billion in available assets after their bills are deducted,.

State Treasurer lobbies for Amendment A in Jackson


By John Spina, includes “State Treasurer Mark Gordon stopped in Jackson last week to lobby for Amendment A, a ballot measure facing voters today.

How to break through America’s budget gridlock

JULY 13, 2016 | THE FISCAL TIMES | by Mike Enzi

"Updating these rules would provide Congress with the honest, accurate information necessary to allocate taxpayer dollars responsibly..."

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead wants to "borrow" state savings to balance budget

JANUARY 5, 2016 | EAGLEFORDTEXAS.COM | by Trevor Brown

Faced with declining mineral revenues, Gov. Matt Mead wants to “borrow” state savings to help fund local governments, pay for building and road projects, and keep some state-funded programs running.

Defusing the debt bomb

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

Wyoming 3rd Best in Financial State of the States Report

AUGUST 1, 2014 | KGAB 650 AM (WYOMING)

"...TIA researchers ranked Wyoming as the third best Sunshine State..."

Truth in Accounting: No good stewardship award for Illinois

MAY 1, 2014 | REBOOT ILLINOIS | by Bill Bergman

All 50 states celebrate “Arbor Day” to honor trees.  Most states have the day in April.  What is Arbor Day about?  The Arbor Day Foundation gives an annual “Good Steward” award to “recognize land owners or organizations whose creativity, outlook, and accomplishments exemplify wise stewardship practices and sustainability on private land from which others can learn.”

States’ Surplus Celebrations Lead to Debt Hangovers


The Final Four college basketball season has concluded, but legislative budget season continues. Some states are celebrating “surpluses” by seeking new spending opportunities.

New Report Shows Large Debts in Most States as Well

DECEMBER 9, 2013 | THE CAN KICKS BACK | by Matt Von Lunen

Truth in Accounting, a non-partisan organization that works to promote fair and accurate government financial reports, recently released their 2012 Financial State of the States analysis. According to the report, states still have nearly $1.3 trillion of debt despite 49 of them operating with balanced budget requirements.

Do Independent Voters Need More Independent Candidates?

AUGUST 30, 2013 | IVN | by Bill Bergman

Amidst some disenchantment with both major political parties, the chart above shows, when looking across the 50 states, the share of votes earned by candidates that were not either Democratic or Republican has fallen significantly for U.S. House of Representative elections since 2000.

TIA Letter to the Editor: This early Christmas is mostly an illusion


State taxpayers and employees have more to worry about than the windfall-driven spending spree cited by Stephen Moore ...  State officials go on these spending sprees because they claim they have a surplus

Governing.com's state debt per capita map


Governing.com organized State Budget Solution's debt data into a state debt per capita map...

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.

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