Robert Zahradnik is policy director for Pew’s work on state fiscal health and economic growth. He supervises initiatives that help states improve the return on investment from economic development tax incentives and better manage revenue projections and volatility.
Zahradnik oversees research on tax incentive evaluation and long-term budgeting practices, and directs technical assistance provided to state leaders including data analysis, policy development, and outreach to key stakeholders and the public. He has presented to state legislators and a wide range of professional and academic associations.
Before joining Pew in 2010, Zahradnik worked for the chief financial officer of the District of Columbia as a manager in the Office of Budget and Planning and then as director of research in the Office of Revenue Analysis. In the latter position, he managed a research agenda that covered tax, budget, and economic policies and practices. He was also a senior policy analyst with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in Washington, DC.
Zahradnik holds a bachelor of arts degree in communications from Penn State University and a master’s of public administration from George Washington University.
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Volatile revenue sources can create problems for states that rely on them for recurring budget expenditures. Read More
Robert Zahradnik, director of Pew’s state fiscal health and economic growth project, submitted testimony for Louisiana’s House Committee on Appropriations on May 2 in support of two bills that would create a Revenue Stabilization Trust Fund, dedicating traditionally unstable revenue to a long-term trust fund with the goal of smoothing volatility. Read More
Many states struggle with how much to save because their purpose for doing so is unclear, according to a new report from The Pew Charitable Trusts. Why States Save: Using Evidence to Inform How Large Rainy Day Funds Should Grow examines budget stabilization funds—often called rainy day funds—and offers recommendations to determine optimal savings goals and create enhanced budgetary... Read More