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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This brief examines current population trends among the foreign- and native-born at the county level, and highlights the role that immigrants play in contributing to population growth and slowing population loss. Read More
After a troubled 2014 midterm election in Hartford, Connecticut, calls to change how and by whom elections are run in the state are growing. Read More
In Colorado, a 2007 law that attempted to reform the payday lending industry failed to achieve policymakers' goals of reducing harm to payday borrowers while preserving access to small-dollar credit. The law preserved lump-sum lending, allowing lenders to make four consecutive balloon-payment loans but then requiring them to offer borrowers an installment plan. Read More