Josh Goodman works to make state tax incentives more effective and accountable. He has served as a primary researcher and writer for several Pew reports, including studies that assess practices for states to evaluate tax incentives and avoid budget challenges when using incentives. He also provides technical assistance to lawmakers proposing legislation to require regular and rigorous evaluation of tax incentives and to state analysts studying the results of incentives. Previously, Goodman was a staff writer for Stateline, Pew’s daily news service on state government, where he reported on tax and budget issues.
Before joining Pew, he covered state and local government as a staff writer at Governing magazine. He holds a bachelor’s degree in politics from the University of Virginia.
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The Pew Charitable Trusts’ states’ fiscal health project studies the budget and economic challenges facing states and helps them design targeted, evidence-based solutions. The project addresses four policy areas: strengthening economic development tax incentives; building effective budget reserves; ensuring that debt is affordable; and evaluating municipal finances. Read More
In early November, The Pew Charitable Trusts and the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) hosted a half-day event in Philadelphia focused on the city’s plans to evaluate its economic development tax incentives. The discussion was part of Pew and NCSL’s third annual Evaluators Roundtable, in which state and local staffers from across the country who are responsible for... Read More
In Alabama and other states, examining incentives helps inform policy decisions. In this article, The Pew Charitable Trusts' Josh Goodman discusses state and local tax incentives and how evaluations can help policymaker's improve their effectiveness. Read More