Brenna Erford manages Pew's work on state budget policy, which helps states identify strategies to better manage fiscal pressures resulting from economic and revenue volatility. Erford oversees the project's work with state budget leaders, including technical assistance to develop and adopt policy solutions. She also manages a team of researchers who identify and analyze proven approaches that serve as models for states. She is a frequent conference speaker and has testified before state legislative bodies as well as professional associations.
Before joining Pew in 2013, Erford worked on state fiscal and tax issues in a research and advocacy capacity at the North Carolina Budget and Tax Center. She previously served as a fiscal analyst for the North Carolina General Assembly’s nonpartisan Fiscal Research Division and as a legislative analyst for the Illinois General Assembly’s Office of the House Minority Leader. Erford received a bachelor’s degree in rhetoric from the University of Illinois and holds a master’s degree in public administration from North Carolina State University.
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Not all state budget estimates are created equal. Although fiscal projections are usually good-faith efforts to translate uncertainty into reasonable expectations, some assumptions merit close scrutiny. As most states approach the start of the new fiscal year, lawmakers should consider how overly rosy assumptions can make policy changes more expensive than expected. A new state budget issue brief... Read More
These examples highlight instances in three major budget areas where questionable or unrealistic fiscalassumptions could cause significant problems for states. Read More
Volatile revenue sources can create problems for states that rely on them for recurring budget expenditures. Read More