David Draine, a senior researcher at Pew, serves as a principal investigator and methodologist on Pew’s research agenda on state fiscal health, economic competitiveness, and other state policy issues, particularly in the area of state budgets and fiscal health.
Draine has been a lead researcher on a number of groundbreaking studies looking at state-run public employee retirement systems. Pew’s work in this area has been cited widely in national media, as well as by state and local print and broadcast outlets.
In addition to his expertise on public sector retirement benefits, Draine has conducted research and analysis across the 50 states that inform state policy decisions on a wide range of issues, including state transportation investments, state revenue systems, economic development, and mortgage lending.
He holds a bachelor of arts in history from Princeton University and a master of arts in public policy from Johns Hopkins University.
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Pew Urges Pennsylvania Legislature to Support Bill to Improve State Pension System’s Security and Sustainability
On June 5, 2017, The Pew Charitable Trusts sent a letter to members of the Pennsylvania Legislature providing a preliminary analysis of S.B. 1, a measure to improve the security and sustainability of the state retirement system for public employees. In the letter, Greg Mennis, director of Pew’s public sector retirement systems project, outlines the reasons that Pew supports passage of the... Read More
State and local governments have seen an uptick in retirement rates among baby boomers and other older people who make up a large segment of their workforce, and this development could have major implications as policymakers consider changes to benefit programs for public workers. Read More
The Pew Charitable Trusts published a report in April 2017 that examines pension fund asset allocation, investment performance, and reporting practices for all 50 states. The report, “State Public Pension Funds Increase Use of Complex Investments,” studies the 73 largest state-sponsored pension funds, which collectively account for over $2.8 trillion (about 95 percent of all... Read More