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 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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  • Louisiana Amendment 5: Vote Yes to Promote Steady Funding for Future Generations

    When Louisiana voters go to the polls next month, they will consider a state constitutional amendment—Amendment 5—that would create a sovereign wealth fund called the Revenue Stabilization Trust Fund. If it passes, a portion of the revenue that the state collects through severance taxes on oil and gas production will be set aside for this stable, long-term investment fund. Read More

  • From Volatile Severance Taxes to Sustained Revenue

    In 2014, collections from West Virginia’s taxes on natural resource extraction—called severance taxes—reacheda historic peak, more than doubling to $680 million from about $300 million in 2005, according to U.S. censusdata. A sizable portion of the state’s revenue was already attributable to mineral extraction from decades ofcoal mining. But starting in the early 2000s,... 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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