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.
Fehr works on 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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U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson of Alabama’s Middle District in June 2017 found “persistent and severe shortages of mental-health staff and correctional staff, combined with chronic and significant overcrowding” in the state’s prisons, following a trial over whether in-facility mental health services violate constitutional requirements. Then he ordered the state to... Read More
New Jersey faces significant fiscal challenges, including chronic budget shortfalls, substantial long-term obligations, and rising costs for services. These difficulties have led to 11 downgrades from rating agencies in the last seven years. Overcoming them will not be easy, but evidence-based policies can help put the state on stronger financial footing. Read More
In January, Ohio’s government published a report, “Financial Health Indicators,” which analyzed each of the state’s 88 counties and 247 cities to identify those that may have fiscal challenges. Read More