Kil Huh

Kil Huh

  • Senior Director
  • State and Local Fiscal Health,
  • The Pew Charitable Trusts


Kil Huh directs Pew’s work on state and local fiscal health. He leads Pew’s work on state and local fiscal health and economic growth, which includes projects that seek to strengthen states’ fiscal planning and budgeting and how they use tax incentives for economic development, track and analyze states’ health care spending, and provide officials with analysis and insights on the financial conditions of America’s largest cities.

As the project lead, Huh oversees Pew’s work to inform state policy on a wide range of issues including state and local public sector retirement benefits, state tax systems, and housing finance. He also supervises a vigorous research portfolio that has contributed to federal and state legislation and has been cited widely in national media including, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and NPR. Huh has appeared as a guest on Fox Business News, CBS Nightly News, and both PBS’s News Hour and Nightly Business Report.

Prior to joining Pew, he was most recently the director of policy and consulting at the Fannie Mae Foundation and previously manager of the foundation’s state and local initiatives.

He holds a B.S. in urban regional studies from Cornell University, a M.S. in urban planning from New York University and both a M.Phil. and a Ph.D. in urban planning from Columbia University.

Recent Work

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  • New Orleans Voters Approve City's First Rainy Day Fund

    Last month, New Orleans residents voted to strengthen the city’s finances by creating a rainy day fund. The City Council had unanimously agreed in August, with Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s support, to let voters decide whether to amend the city’s charter to establish the Savings Fund.  Read More

  • Pharmaceuticals in State Prisons

    Adults who are incarcerated have a higher-than-average prevalence of infectious diseases, hypertension, asthma, arthritis, mental illness, and substance use disorders, often in combination. Since departments of corrections (DOCs) are legally obligated to treat individuals in their custody, they—like all health care purchasers in this country—face the challenge of pharmaceutical prices... Read More

  • Rhode Island Releases Robust Debt Affordability Analysis

    In May, Rhode Island released a new debt affordability study, a policy tool that analyzes a state’s ability to repay its debt liabilities. The state is one of 29 that regularly examine how much debt it can prudently issue, according to research by The Pew Charitable Trusts. Read More

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