Stephen C. Fehr
Stephen C. Fehr
Stephen Fehr is a senior officer with Pew's state and local fiscal health initiative, which researches state budget issues and provides policy guidance to help policymakers manage finances through the turns in the economy.
As a lead researcher on the project, Fehr oversees a wide-ranging portfolio that includes state intervention efforts in distressed local governments, state revenue systems, rainy day funds, borrowing, public pensions, and state tax policy. He is a frequent speaker to professional and academic associations and contributes to Stateline, the daily news service of The Pew Charitable Trusts.
Fehr, who joined Pew in 2008, draws from 33 years’ experience as a reporter and editor at the Washington Post and the Kansas City Star. During those years, he covered every level of government, from city councils and school boards to state legislatures, governors, Congress, and the White House.
Fehr holds a bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
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Using Patient Review and Restriction Programs to Protect Patients at Risk of Opioid Misuse and Abuse
Each year, more than 16,000 people in the United States die from prescription opioid overdoses. As one strategyto minimize these events and other harms associated with prescription drug abuse, public and private insuranceplans are using patient review and restriction (PRR) programs to encourage the safe use of opioids and othercontrolled substances. PRR programs identify patients who are at risk... Read More
The federal Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) provides funding for meals and snacks served to more than 3 million children a day in a variety of child care and after-school settings. In early 2015, the U.S. Department of Agriculture proposed several adjustments to the program’s nutrition standards. The recommended changes are intended to better meet children’s nutritional... Read More
Efforts to end illegal fishing continue to gain momentum. Australia already has robust port controls, but the nation advanced this global fight this month by ratifying the Port State Measures Agreement (PSMA), an international treaty to stop illegally caught fish from entering the market. Read More