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Advisory Committee Chair

Akhlaque Haque

Advisory Committee Members

Erin L Borry

Cole D Taratoot

Document Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2014

Degree Name by School

Master of Public Administration (MPA) College of Arts and Sciences

Abstract

States are facing tremendous challenges in the Twenty-First Century. Changing federal-state relationships, demographic changes, and economic changes are creating fiscal stress for states. Within all these challenges, one of most important one is frequent economic fluctuations that are creating fiscal instability for American States. Theorists have argued that states needs to overcome revenue instability for continuation of state programs, which can be done by increasing revenue diversification. Thus, by using data from the US Census Bureau between years 2000 to 2011, this paper attempts to determine whether states are increasing revenue diversification over time. The findings suggest that states have been diversifying revenues over time as 70 percent of states have increased revenue diversification over 11 years from 2000 to 2011.

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