Anne Stauffer

Anne Stauffer

  • Director
  • Fiscal Federalism,
  • The Pew Charitable Trusts


Anne Stauffer directs Pew’s work on fiscal federalism, examining fiscal and policy relationships between the federal government and the states.

As project lead, Stauffer oversees a team of researchers exploring the impact of federal tax and spending changes on the states. She also directs efforts to engage policy makers at both levels of government in proactive discussions on this critical fiscal relationship.

Before joining Pew, Stauffer spent over a decade in state and federal budget development and policy. She was an assistant division director in the State Budget Division of the New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration, which develops the governor’s budget. She oversaw the state’s higher education budget as well as formulation and implementation of the overall state budget. Prior to her work in New Mexico, Stauffer was a program examiner for telecommunications agencies with the Office of Management and Budget in Washington, D.C. She has also done institutional development for an international nonprofit organization serving survivors of war and worked on German unification and privatization issues in the transition period after the fall of the Berlin wall.

Stauffer has an MBA from the Kenan-Flagler School of Business at the University of North Carolina and a bachelor's degree in International Relations from Brown University.

Recent Work

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  • Funding from Federal Grants Varies as a Share of State Budgets

    States receive federal grants to help fund programs in areas ranging from education to transportation to health care. Federal grants accounted for an average of 30 percent of total state revenue in 2013, but states’ reliance on this revenue source varies widely. At nearly 43 percent, Mississippi had the largest share of revenue from federal grants, while North Dakota had the smallest at 19... Read More

  • Federal Grants to States Up Since 2008

    Federal grants to states are about 30 percent higher overall, after adjusting for inflation, than they were in 2008, when the recession began. Federal stimulus aid to states resulted in a spike during and immediately after the recession. That aid was almost entirely phased out by 2013, but total grants to states remain above prerecession levels. Medicaid increases are the main drivers of this... Read More

  • Medicaid Makes Up Nearly Two-Thirds of Federal Grants to States

    Medicaid is by far the largest federal grant to states, accounting for 65 percent of total grant funding in 2015. The next-largest funding area is income security (temporary cash assistance, employment services, school-provided meals, and similar programs), which at 14 percent is about one-fifth the size of Medicaid. Medicaid was the main driver of the 30 percent increase in total federal grants... Read More

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