Brenna Erford manages Pew's work on state budget policy, which helps states identify ways to better manage fiscal pressures resulting from increasing economic and revenue volatility.
Erford oversees the project's work with state budget leaders, including technical assistance to develop and adopt solutions that can best guide states towards improved long-term fiscal health. She also coordinates a research portfolio, including 50-state studies and state-specific analyses, designed to provide policymakers with options to better manage volatility in times of increasing economic and fiscal uncertainty, including budget stabilization policies, revenue and expenditure forecasting processes and practices, and approaches to multi-year budgeting.
Prior to joining Pew, Erford was a public policy analyst with the North Carolina Budget and Tax Center, where she worked on state fiscal and tax issues in a research and advocacy capacity. She previously served as an analyst for the North Carolina General Assembly’s nonpartisan Fiscal Research Division, where she staffed state House and Senate committees on finance and directly assisted legislative leadership in the negotiation of the tax portion of the state’s biennial budget. Prior to her work in North Carolina, Erford was a legislative analyst in the Office of the House Minority Leader within the Illinois House of Representatives, and was a media coordinator for the Champaign County Health Care Consumers, a grassroots health care advocacy organization in east central Illinois.
Erford graduated from the University of Illinois and holds a master’s degree in public administration from North Carolina State University.
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At the National Governors Association’s Summer Meeting this week in West Virginia, leaders from around the country will collaborate across party lines to develop best practices that improve state government. Important lessons can be learned from governors who enacted policies this year to strengthen their states’ long-term fiscal and economic health. These initiatives reflect a... Read More
Connecticut’s newly enacted budget for fiscal year 2016 includes a comprehensive reform to the state’s Budget Reserve Fund, designed to help the state better manage its volatile revenues and expand its options for dealing with future budget pressures arising from economic downturns. Read More
Nationally, total state tax revenue continued its recovery from the Great Recession, ending 2014 at its highest level ever. But the state-by-state picture is far more mixed. Adjusted for inflation, tax receipts in 27 states had not fully rebounded by the fourth quarter of 2014. Read More