Featured Indicator: The Book of the States

The Council of State Governments' The Book of the States

In light of the 4th of July and ongoing Independence Day celebrations throughout the month, for July’s indicator we have decided to highlight The Council of State Governments’ The Book of the States.

Since it’s founding in 1933, the Council of State Governments is the only organization serving all three branches of state government. This region-based forum fosters the exchange of insights and ideas to help state officials shape public policy. Beginning in 1935 The Council of State Governments has published The Book of the States which has served as a reference tool for state leaders and as a resource for innovation and excellence in state governance. The 2018 volume includes 186 in-depth tables, figures and infographics illustrating how state government operates. Staff members mined more than 500 sources to obtain the information included in this

Why is this important?

As economic developers we are always on the lookout for comprehensive data sources at the state and local level. The Book of the States provides a one-stop shop for data that can give us insights into state government structures, finance, policies, and demographics and allows us to easily compare across states. Broad topics covered include:

  • State Constitutions
  • Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations
  • State Legislative Branch
  • State Executive Branch
  • State Judicial Branch
  • Elections
  • State Finance
  • State Management, Administration, and Demographics
  • Selected State Policies and Programs

Available data sets range from the number of public elementary students by public school location (city, suburban, town, or rural) to tax collections by source (sales, personal income, and corporate income tax).

For more information and to access historical versions of The Book of the States, check out The Council of State Governments

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Saratoga Springs NY 12866

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