Data

Here you can download the latest state and local public policy data, including new variables, data updates, and expanded metadata. We now also have fiscal data going back to 1957! Unless otherwise noted, all data from a particular year are based on the situation as of December 31 of that year, or as close to that date as possible.

Before downloading and analyzing the data, you may first want to read this codebook (PDF). The links to the individual data files are as follows:

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