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Formed in 1987, the Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute is a private, not-for-profit governmental research organization. The IFPI is the only independent source of continuing research into the effect of taxing policies and spending practices in Indiana.


New IFPI Report: Local Capacity-Cost Index

NEW STUDY MEASURES LOCAL BUDGET CLIMATE, FINDS FISCAL STRESS BUILDING IN URBAN & FAST-GROWING COUNTIES PRE-COVID:


July 8, 2020: A new report by Purdue economist Larry DeBoer for the Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute measures how revenues have kept pace with costs for local governments across the state, analyzing how nearly two decades of policy, economic and demographic changes have affected urban, rural, and 'in between' communities. The study finds significant changes, including budget pressure building in the cities and counties where the majority of Hoosiers live and work - offer a roadmap to areas likely to be significantly affected by the COVID recession.


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Review the Key Findings and Highlights

The Latest IFPI Research & Analysis

2020 GENERAL ASSEMBLY: "Calm before the Storm"

March 18, 2020

Legislative Wrap-Up & Commentary - Download the PDF


DATA SPOTLIGHT: PERCENT of TOTAL K-12 COMPENSATION to TEACHERS

Analysis with Indiana Business Research Center 

August 20, 2019

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Press Release


INDIANA'S FY2019 REVIEW: SURGING REVENUE, SURPRISING SURPLUS

Commentary by IFPI President Chris Watts

July 24, 2019

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2019 GENERAL ASSEMBLY: 'PAYCHECK PRIORITIES'

Legislative update & commentary by IFPI President Chris Watts

April 26, 2019

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A FISCAL HISTORY OF INDIANA LOCAL GOVERNMENT

IFPI Report by Craig Johnson & Justin Ross

March 6, 2019

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IFPI issues Local Govt. Fiscal Analysis

(March 6, 2019 – INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.) A report commissioned by the Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute (IFPI) finds that Indiana’s counties, cities and towns are spending at 2002 levels (per capita, 2015 dollars), well below the average budgets of local governments across the nation.  State policies over the last forty years have reduced reliance on property taxes while introducing the uncertainty of tax caps and volatility of income tax revenues.


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IFPI News & Commentary

INDIANAPOLIS BUSINESS JOURNAL: "Consumer spending, sales taxes show Indiana's budget challenge"

May 22, 2020

Viewpoint by IFPI President Chris Watts


INDY CHAMBER VIRTUAL TOWN HALL: "The Impact of COVID-19 on State & Local Budgets"

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INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: "With COVID Budget Challenges, We're in this Together"

May 7, 2020

Perspective by IFPI President Chris Watts


COMMENTARY: COVID-19 & Tax Day Tradeoffs

April 15, 2020

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INDIANAPOLIS STAR: "Indianapolis faces steepest fiscal challenge from COVID-19"

March 29, 2020

Op-ed by IFPI's Chris Watts


INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: "What's ahead for Indiana's Finances?"

March 24, 2020

Perspective by IFPI President Chris Watts


COMMENTARY: Making population a pro-growth priority

March 17, 2020

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INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: "Locking up local resources"

February 18, 2020

Perspective by IFPI President Chris Watts


INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: "The Gift of Consensus Revenue Forecasting"

December 27, 2019

Perspective by IFPI President Chris Watts


INDIANAPOLIS BUSINESS JOURNAL: "Is it time to buy into local sales taxes?"

December 6, 2019

Viewpoint by IFPI President Chris Watts


INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: "What's in store for Indiana's new mayors?"

November 19, 2019

Perspective by IFPI President Chris Watts


INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: "Tough economic times mean tough fiscal choices ahead"

August 28, 2019

Perspective by IFPI President Chris Watts


INDIANAPOLIS IN DECLINE?

Commentary by IFPI's Chris Watts, Drew Klacik of the IU Public Policy Institute

August 16, 2019

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INDIANA'S FY2019 REVIEW: SURGING REVENUE, SURPRISING SURPLUS

Commentary by IFPI President Chris Watts

July 24, 2019

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INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: "Indiana finishes 2019 with historic surplus - human capital deficits?

July 24, 2019

Perspective by IFPI President Chris Watts


2019 GENERAL ASSEMBLY: 'PAYCHECK PRIORITIES'

Legislative update & commentary by IFPI President Chris Watts

April 26, 2019


Teacher pay dominated the 2019 legislature, but personal income growth for all Hoosiers looms as Indiana's defining fiscal challenge:

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A FISCAL HISTORY OF INDIANA LOCAL GOVERNMENT

IFPI Report by Craig Johnson & Justin Ross

March 6, 2019

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Read Other IFPI Policy Reports

STRATEGIC FORESIGHT REPORT: An examination of Indiana's Future Fiscal Landscape in 2027
IFPI Report By Sam Miller
Report released: Oct. 17, 2017
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INDIANA'S REVENUE FORECAST AND BUDGET COMPARISON
IFPI Brief by John Ketzenberger and John Stafford
Report released: April 13, 2017
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REVENUE FORECASTING: INDIANA'S METHOD AND THE RESULTS IT PRODUCES
IFPI Brief by Sarah LeeAnn Smith
Report released: April 6, 2017
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CONSIDERING SALES TAXATION OF SERVICES IN INDIANA
IFPI Report by Professor John Mikesell
Report released: March 29, 2017
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IFPI Session Report No. 4
A special report by John Stafford
Report released: March 27, 2017
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IFPI Session Report No. 3
A special report by John Stafford
Report released: Feb. 28, 2017
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IFPI Session Report No. 2
A special report by John Stafford
Report released: Feb. 20, 2017
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IFPI Session Report No. 1
A special report by John Stafford
Report released: Feb. 14, 2017
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INDIANA'S PUBLIC PENSIONS
An IFPI Report by Brad Gottschlich
Report released: Feb. 2, 2017
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FUNDING INDIANA'S ROADS FOR A STRONGER, SAFER TOMORROW
Informational briefing by IFPI President John Ketzenberger
Report released: December 19, 2016
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IFPI REVENUE FORECAST, DECEMBER 2016
Informational briefing by IFPI President John Ketzenberger
Report released: December 15, 2016
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INDIANA FISCAL YEAR 2016 FISCAL CLOSEOUT
An analysis of Indiana's budget performance by Brad Gottschlich
Report released: Aug. 2, 2016
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THE FISCAL HEALTH OF INDIANA'S LARGER MUNICIPALITIES: CITY REPORTS
An in-depth analysis of 18 Indiana municipalities prepared by John Stafford
Report released: March 8, 2016
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WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT INDIANA'S PROPERTY TAX CAPS?
A Report Prepared for the Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute by Larry DeBoer
Report released December 8, 2015
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THE FISCAL HEALTH OF INDIANA'S LARGER MUNICIPALITIES
A Report Prepared for the Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute by John Stafford
Report released December 8, 2015
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