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.
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State officials often choose to borrow money to finance large expenses, such as expanding a congested highway or replacing defunct wastewater treatment plants. By distributing the cost of a large investment over many years, governments can free up cash on hand to meet their current day-to-day expenses. Borrowing for long-lasting infrastructure, primarily by issuing bonds, also spreads the cost... Read More
States have made strides in rebuilding their rainy day funds since the Great Recession, but most still have smaller total balances on hand than they did before the downturn. At the close of fiscal year 2016, total balances in states’ general fund budgets—including rainy day funds—could run government operations for a median of 36.2 days, still less than the median of 41.3 days... Read More