Key Policy Data Apps



U.S. Capitol.jpg  Government Workforce


The government workforce app compares the ratio of government jobs and compensation relative to the private sector. For any given state the ratios are compared to the national average. There is nothing magical about the national average; however, since it represents an amalgam of 50 states, one can reasonably assume that being above the national average indicates “low productivity” among the state government’s workforce and vice-versa.

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The tax burden app compares tax systems across the states using a common yardstick. The best yardstick is to measure tax collections against the size of the private sector, as defined by total personal income minus personal current transfer receipts (Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Welfare, etc.) and government compensation. Having a clear understanding of the tax burden is important because taxes matter to the countless number of economic decisions made everyday in our economy such as the location of businesses, where people shop, and the wealth of nations. Unfortunately, many taxes are hidden and make it nearly impossible for the average American to understand.

Strings Attached to Federal Dollars.jpg  Federal Tax and Spend

The federal tax and spend app shows that Uncle Sam’s tax and spending policies do has a disparate geographic impact creating “winners” and “losers” across America’s landscape.  Of course, this brings to light as to whether or not America’s federalist system was designed to redistribute income and wealth over state/county lines?  Nonetheless, philosophical debates aside, Uncle Sam’s actions do economically impact your state and your county in a significant way. This app shows federal per capita taxes and spending combined into a ratio in terms of how much spending is received for every dollar in taxes sent to Washington, D.C.


Hundred Dollar Bill.jpg  Cost of Living (COLI)

The cost of living app shows the differences in prices between different geographic areas. For example, it is common knowledge that the price of goods and services are generally higher in urban areas than in rural areas, especially housing. Therefore, when contemplating taking that shiny new job at a higher pay you should use this app to see, after adjusting for cost of living differences, if you are really going to better off.

Baby.JPG  Demographics

The demographic app shows the sources of demographic change by state and county via net natural population growth (births minus deaths) or migration (in minus out). Today, America stands on the precipice of an unprecedented demographic event which has been termed “demographic winter.” Demographic winter is mostly the result of plummeting birth rates and, to a lesser degree, the aging of the baby boom generation. The aging impact on America’s population has been offset by longer life-spans, but a baby never born has exponential ripple effects on the size of the future population. As a result of too few babies being born, many parts of America will experience a shrinking working-age population and eventually shrinking overall populations.


Measuring a Dollar.jpg  Federal Tax & COLI


The federal tax and cost of living app shows that the differences between regions has been overlooked in public policy leading to disastrous economic consequences. Perhaps the biggest is the interplay between the progressive federal individual income tax and cost of living leading to different tax liabilities between taxpayers with the same standard of living. The problem stems from the fact that nearly all provisions within the federal individual income tax are based on preset amounts. The end result is that high cost of living areas are penalized by the federal individual income tax while low cost of living areas are given a bonus.

Retired.jpg  Federal Pension

The federal pension app shows the geographic dispersion of federal retirees or their survivors. The data shows the number of retirees and pension amount (total and per retiree) by state.

United States Office of Personnel Management Seal.jpg  Federal Payroll

The federal payroll app contains a total number of employee records of approximately 1.8 million per year. This level of government transparency is vitally important to fostering good governance. It allows you to compare the employee records as provided by the listing of Federal agencies on ( Overall, we have payroll records for the following: all Executive Agencies (Departments), almost all the Boards, Commissions, and Committees with separate paid staff, all but 6 of the 55 Independent Agencies, and 2 of the 4 Quasi Official Agencies.

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