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The recession's impact on the state budgets of New York and New Jersey

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  • Richard Deitz
  • Andrew F. Haughwout
  • Charles Steindel

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In the wake of the most recent U.S. recession, both New York State and New Jersey have faced multibillion-dollar budget gaps. An analysis of the makeup of their budgets reveals that the states' heavy reliance on personal income taxes--particularly from high-wage earners in the finance sector--has exacerbated revenue shortfalls. To close their budget gaps, New York and New Jersey have had to make difficult choices about tax increases and service cuts. In the future, the states might take steps to avert such budget quandaries by establishing "rainy day" funds or restructuring taxes to make them less sensitive to the business cycle. Subseries: Second District Highlights

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Article provided by Federal Reserve Bank of New York in its journal Current Issues in Economics and Finance.

Volume (Year): 16 (2010)
Issue (Month): Jun/Jul ()
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Handle: RePEc:fip:fednci:y:2010:i:jun/jul:n:v.16no.6

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Keywords: Budget ; State finance ; Federal Reserve District; 2nd ; Recessions ; Economic conditions ; Budget deficits;

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Cited by:
  1. James Orr & John Sporn, 2012. "The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009: a review of stimulus spending in New York and New Jersey," Current Issues in Economics and Finance, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, vol. 18(Sept).
  2. Rajashri Chakrabarti & Sarah Sutherland, 2013. "New Jersey’s Abbott districts: education finances during the Great Recession," Current Issues in Economics and Finance, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, vol. 19(Jun).

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