Brenna Erford

Brenna Erford

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


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.

Recent Work

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  • Federal Funds Provide 30 Cents of Each Dollar of State Revenue

    As the nation emerged from the Great Recession, federal dollars made up a bigger proportion of states’ revenue from fiscal year 2009 to 2012 than at any other time in the past 50 years. After peaking at 35.5 percent in fiscal 2010, however, the share fell back within its historical range in fiscal 2013, dropping to 30.0 percent. Read More

  • Fiscal 50: State Trends and Analysis

    Fiscal 50: State Trends and Analysis, an interactive resource from The Pew Charitable Trusts, allows you to sort and analyze data on key fiscal, economic, and demographic trends in the 50 states and understand their impact on states’ fiscal health. Read More

  • Revenue Volatility Varies Widely by State and Tax Type

    States experienced vastly different tax revenue fluctuations over the past two decades, with the greatest year-to-year volatility in Alaska and the least in South Dakota. These swings can confound efforts to balance state budgets. This first-of-its-kind assessment controls for the effect of known state tax law changes to reveal the underlying volatility of each state’s total tax revenue and... Read More

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