The Commonwealth Institute is the state fiscal analysis initiative (SFAI) group for Virginia, part of a national network of nonpartisan, independent, nonprofit organizations in over 30 states. These organizations share a commitment to rigorous policy analysis, responsible budget and tax policies, and a particular focus on the needs of low- and moderate-income families. The organizations broaden the debate on budget and tax policy through public education and the encouragement of civic engagement on these issues. The SFAI network is coordinated by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a Washington-based research organization and strategic policy institute that works on a range of federal and state issues.
The Commonwealth Institute is also a member of the Economic Analysis and Research Network (EARN). EARN is a network of state and regional multi-issue research, policy, and advocacy organizations. The network currently includes 57 organizations in 42 states. EARN is coordinated by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) and works with a broad range of other national organizations. EARN’s mission is to improve the lives of Americans through state and local policy, and change the nature of the national policy debate—state by state. EARN seeks to advance progressive policy at the state and regional level, to deliver important national messages, and to use the collective capacity of its organizations to develop new ideas and strategies.