Barb Rosewicz

Barb Rosewicz

  • Director, Research
  • State Fiscal Health and Economic Growth,
  • The Pew Charitable Trusts


Barb Rosewicz is a research director in Pew’s state fiscal health project. She oversees “Fiscal 50: State Trends and Analysis,” an online resource that helps policymakers gain insights into key fiscal, economic, and demographic trends affecting their states.

Rosewicz supervises a research portfolio that enables comparisons, over time, of states’ tax revenue, spending, reserves, employment rates, and other issues important to long-term fiscal health. She leads a team of researchers and writers to produce Pew reports on a variety of topics critical to state and local fiscal health. These have included pension and retiree health care funding in cities, public attitudes toward state budget policy, and the early effects of the Great Recession on states.

She previously served as managing editor of Stateline, the daily news service of The Pew Charitable Trusts. Prior to joining Pew, Rosewicz was a reporter for The Wall Street Journal in Washington, D.C., and the Middle East and previously served as statehouse bureau chief in Topeka, KS, for United Press International.

She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Kansas with a bachelor of science in journalism.

Recent Work

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  • New Law Allows Utah to Improve Rainy Day Savings

    Utah Governor Gary Herbert (R) signed into law H.B. 333 on March 27. The measure increases the amount of money the state can put into its rainy day funds. These new maximum balances will significantly improve the state’s capacity to save, manage volatility in its revenue collections, and prepare for the next economic downturn. Read More

  • Wyoming Lawmakers Consider How to Use Rainy Day Fund

    Wyoming will mark its 125th birthday this year in a better position than most states: Its energy-based economy is growing along with its population, its tax rates are low, more people have jobs than ever and the state has no general obligation debt. Things are so good that one of the state’s challenges is deciding how to spend the money accumulating in its rainy day fund. Read More

  • Employment Rates Still Below Prerecession Levels in Most States

    Employment rates for 25- to 54-year-olds were lower in 28 states in 2014 than in 2007, before the Great Recession. This decline means less potential revenue for state governments from personal and business income taxes and sales tax—and often increased strain on assistance programs. Read More

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