About

Brenna Erford

Brenna Erford

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

Profile

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.

Recent Work

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  • Where States Get Their Money

    Taxes and federal funds together account for more than three-quarters of the 50 states’ revenue dollars. In all but two states taxes are the largest revenue source, while federal funds are the second largest. Following is a breakdown of each state’s major categories of revenue, with percentages shown for taxes and federal funds. Read More

  • How and When Medicaid Covers People Under Correctional Supervision

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), a unit of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), released new guidance in April 2016 on how states and localities may facilitate access to Medicaid coverage for individuals before, during, and after a correctional institution stay. 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

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