Matt McKillop

Matt McKillop

  • Officer
  • States' Fiscal Health,
  • The Pew Charitable Trusts


Matt McKillop is an officer for Pew’s state and local fiscal health project. He manages new research for Fiscal 50: State Trends and Analysis, an online resource that helps policymakers gain insights into fiscal, economic, and demographic trends affecting their states. McKillop also leads Pew’s research on state and local correctional health care. He examines states’ and localities’ spending to care for people in prisons and jails; monitoring of health care quality; and promising practices for facilitating continued care after they are released. This work helps policymakers assess and improve their correctional health care systems.

Before joining Pew, McKillop led advocacy and community organizing campaigns for So Others Might Eat, a nonprofit organization that serves poor and homeless residents of the District of Columbia. He holds a master’s degree in public policy from George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Kalamazoo College.

Recent Work

  • Prison Health Care Integral to Achieving State Goals

    The past five decades have been transformational for prison health care, generally bringing it into closer alignment and integration with care provided in the community. Litigation largely drove these improvements as incarcerated individuals and their advocates began challenging substandard conditions and courts responded by defining legal rights and establishing minimum standards and... Read More

  • Revenue Trails Expenses Over Long Term in 11 States

    Even as they dealt with two recessions, most states amassed sufficient revenue between fiscal years 2002 and 2016 to cover their expenses. But total revenue in 11 states fell short, jeopardizing their long-term fiscal flexibility and pushing off to future taxpayers some past costs for operating government and providing services. Read More

  • Prison Health Care Costs and Quality

    Prison health care sits at the intersection of pressing state priorities. From protecting public safety to fighting disease and promoting physical and behavioral health, and from fine-tuning budgets that trim waste to investing in cost-effective programming with long-term payoffs, the health care that prisons provide to incarcerated individuals and the care that prisons facilitate post-release is... Read More

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