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Private Consumption in the States, Part 3

The third and final installment in a series that explains how data on private consumption can help state legislators make more informed decisions.
This is the third and last part in my trilogy on private consumption (see part one and two). It explains how private-consumption data can be used to evaluate a state’s ec…

Alaska and Wyoming on Path to an Individual Income Tax?

In his book How Money Walks, Travis Brown analyzes the migration of money between the 50 states. His findings are compelling yet logical: since the early 1990s low-…

Wyoming is the Sixth Biggest Net Loser of Federal Spending in 2013

    Please share Infographic (right click, "save image as")   In the course of collecting taxes and spending money, the federal government inevitably creates “winners” …

Wyoming’s Government Workforce is the Nineteenth “Least Productive” in 2013

There are two major elements to look at when examining a state’s government workforce—the number of employees and the level of their pay. Each element is measured relative to…

Severance Taxes Fuel Wyoming’s Tenth Highest in the Nation Tax Burden for 2013

In Fiscal Year (FY) 2013, Wyoming collected $3.5 billion in state and local taxes. While this is an impressive sum of money, it tells us little about whether or not the avera…

Wyoming’s Government Workforce is the Seventeenth “Least Productive” in 2012

There are two major elements to look at when examining a state’s government workforce—the number of employees and the level of their pay. Each element is measured relative to the …

State Tax Collections Rise in Fiscal Year 2013

The U.S. Census Bureau recently released their state tax revenue data for Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 (pdf) along with the cool infographic below. The new data does not bring any g…

Severance Taxes Fuel Wyoming’s Fourth Highest in the Nation Tax Burden for 2011

In Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, Wyoming collected $3.7 billion in state and local taxes. While this is an impressive sum of money, it tells us little about whether or not the avera…