Nicholas Johnson

Nicholas Johnson is director of the State Fiscal Project at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Recent Articles

Digging Out, Planning Ahead

The federal government needs to do more to help states survive this downturn -- and plan for permanent anti-recession fiscal relief.

Feb. 17, 2009, was a historic day for the economic relationship between the federal government and the states. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, signed into law that day, constituted an effort of unprecedented scope by the federal government to keep states and localities in the business of providing services and to prevent state budget cuts from dragging down the economy.