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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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  • Richard Deitz & Andrew F. Haughwout & Charles Steindel, 2010. "The recession's impact on the state budgets of New York and New Jersey," Current Issues in Economics and Finance, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, vol. 16(Jun/Jul).
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fednci:y:2010:i:jun/jul:n:v.16no.6
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    1. Chakrabarti, Rajashri & Sutherland, Sarah, 2013. "Precarious slopes? The Great Recession, federal stimulus, and New Jersey schools," Economic Policy Review, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, issue Dec, pages 41-65.
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    3. 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).
    4. Bhalla, Ravi & Chakrabarti, Rajashri & Livingston, Max, 2017. "A tale of two states: the recession’s impact on N.Y. and N.J. school finances," Economic Policy Review, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, issue 23-1, pages 30-42.
    5. James A. 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).

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