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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One of the longest U.S. economic expansions has lifted personal income in all states. But growth has varied, from a constant annual rate of less than 1 percent in Nevada to almost 5 percent in North Dakota since the start of the Great Recession. Weakness in energy and agricultural earnings trimmed gains for six states for the year ending in the second quarter of 2016. Read More
Tax revenue has recovered slowly and unevenly after falling in every state during the Great Recession. By the first quarter of 2016, tax collections had bounced back in 31 states after accounting for inflation. But amid inconsistent growth, receipts had slumped in 17 states at the start of the year. Read More