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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Robert Zahradnik and Stephen Bailey of The Pew Charitable Trusts’ state fiscal health and economic growth project, submitted testimony Dec. 15 to the North Carolina Legislature’s Committee on Savings Reserve Account in support of its proposed recommendations and legislation for the state’s rainy day fund. Read More
Although the U.S. economy made great strides in 2014, showing the strongest growth since the Great Recession, cities are recovering unevenly. An analysis of the fiscal health of America’s 30 major cities by The Pew Charitable Trusts found that most saw their revenue and spending rise that year. In 2014, some began to surpass peaks set before the Great Recession, which ran from late... Read More