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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Tax incentives—including credits, exemptions, and deductions—are one of the primary tools that states use to try to create jobs, attract new businesses, and strengthen their economies. Incentives are also major budget commitments, collectively costing states billions of dollars a year. Given this importance, policymakers across the country increasingly are demanding high-quality... Read More
Business incentives, including tax credits and other financial benefits, are a primary tool that states use to try to create jobs and strengthen local economies. Despite the central role incentives play in state economic development strategies, researchers and policymakers have long lacked reliable information on how much they cost and how their use varies from place to place. For that reason,... Read More
Many states have made progress in recent years toward regular, rigorous evaluations of their economic development tax incentives. In the 2016 legislative session, Alabama, Colorado, Hawaii, Virginia, and Utah enacted laws requiring regular evaluation, while several other states made progress to implement evaluation laws passed in previous years. As a result, lawmakers in numerous states will soon... Read More