Domestic Public Policy

Extending the Fiscal Democracy Index to States

Grant Year: 2017

Eugene Steuerle and Tracy Gordon will develop an index that measures the extent to which state policymakers have the freedom to determine their spending priorities rather than being constrained by past commitments, such as debt and pension obligations. They will build on the U.S. Fiscal Democracy Index that Steuerle developed, which measures the freedom that policymakers at the federal level have to devote resources to their priorities rather than to programs for which spending increases automatically. The project’s findings will appear in a report .

Urban Institute Domestic Public Policy