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

SEPTEMBER 20, 2017 | ILLINOIS NEWS NETWORK | by Greg Bishop

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

SEPTEMBER 19, 2017 | TRUTH IN ACCOUNTING

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

NOVEMBER 8, 2016 | JACKSON HOLE NEWS & GUIDE

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

APRIL 10, 2014 | THE HEARTLAND INSTITUTE

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

JULY 22, 2013 | WALL STREET JOURNAL

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

FEBRUARY 15, 2013 | GOVERNING

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.

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.

Wyoming ranks 2nd in Truth in Accounting 50 State Study

AUGUST 21, 2012

Wyoming has a financial surplus of $20,200 per taxpayer.