As of February 21st, governors in 43 states have given a State of the State address to the legislature, with three more scheduled. State of the State speeches this year have been influenced by both the current fiscal and political landscape. Governors are contending with not only slow revenue growth and constrained spending, but also federal uncertainty in a number of areas including the possible repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, the consideration of federal tax reform, and discussion regarding various infrastructure proposals. Although many states are facing tight fiscal conditions, governors highlighted a number of new proposals designed to help states grow and address current challenges.
Click here to read an overview and summaries of the 2017 State of the State addresses with links to the speeches. For summaries of prior years click here.
Also, in early spring, NASBO will once again publish a document summarizing governors’ proposed budgets for fiscal 2018.