Kil Huh

Kil Huh

  • 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 Law Allows Utah to Improve Rainy Day Savings

    Utah Governor Gary Herbert (R) signed into law H.B. 333 on March 27. The measure increases the amount of money the state can put into its rainy day funds. These new maximum balances will significantly improve the state’s capacity to save, manage volatility in its revenue collections, and prepare for the next economic downturn. Read More

  • Wyoming Lawmakers Consider How to Use Rainy Day Fund

    Wyoming will mark its 125th birthday this year in a better position than most states: Its energy-based economy is growing along with its population, its tax rates are low, more people have jobs than ever and the state has no general obligation debt. Things are so good that one of the state’s challenges is deciding how to spend the money accumulating in its rainy day fund. Read More

  • Employment Rates Still Below Prerecession Levels in Most States

    Employment rates for 25- to 54-year-olds were lower in 28 states in 2014 than in 2007, before the Great Recession. This decline means less potential revenue for state governments from personal and business income taxes and sales tax—and often increased strain on assistance programs. Read More

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