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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Recent Census data shows that America's largest cities are growing more rapidly than their surrounding regions, and the nation as a whole. Read More
While states slowly rebound from the Great Recession, many local governments are struggling with unprecedented fiscal challenges. For the first time since 1980, state aid and property taxes, two primary sources of funding, are dropping simultaneously, according to a new report, The Local Squeeze, released today by The Pew Charitable Trusts. The decrease in revenue, alongside increased demand, is... Read More