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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Connecticut’s newly enacted budget for fiscal year 2016 includes a comprehensive reform to the state’s Budget Reserve Fund, designed to help the state better manage its volatile revenues and expand its options for dealing with future budget pressures arising from economic downturns. Read More
The testimony calls the state senate bill—which included several provisions identified by Pew research as best practices for the management of rainy day funds—a strong step toward fiscal stability. S.B. 1135 was ultimately rolled into the state’s budget bill, which passed into law as Public Law No. 15-244. Read More
On Feb. 23, Robert Zahradnik, director of state policy for Pew’s state fiscal health and economic growth project, testified before the Nebraska Appropriations Committee in support of Legislative Bill 33. The bill called for the state’s legislative fiscal analyst to produce a revenue volatility study that reflects several best practices identified in Pew’s research on state... Read More