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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State and local governments commonly use economic development incentives such as tax credits and exemptions to try to boost their economies by encouraging businesses to relocate or expand within their borders. But such incentives can represent major budget commitments, costing these governments tens of billions of dollars every year. Read More
On March 28, Josh Goodman, senior officer with The Pew Charitable Trusts’ state fiscal health and economic growth project, submitted written testimony describing Pew’s research on tax incentive evaluation to the New Jersey Assembly Budget Committee. The remarks outlined how New Jersey could follow the example of other states that used evaluation findings to improve the results of... Read More
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