Expert Profile

Kil Huh

Director, State and Local Fiscal Health
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Kil Huh is director of state and local fiscal health at Pew, which conducts in-depth research to better understand the factors contributing to state budget woes and budget shortfalls. The project also provides critical insights as state policy makers seek to navigate a difficult fiscal landscape in the years to come.

Huh leads a project team of researchers, policy analysts, journalists, and consultants to design and implement research and analysis across all 50 states that inform state policy-focused efforts on a wide range of issues. Those issues include state tax systems, retirement benefits, health care costs, and mortgage lending, among other key fiscal drivers.

Prior to joining Pew, he was most recently the director of policy and consulting at the Fannie Mae Foundation and previously manager of the foundation’s state and local initiatives.

Huh holds a bachelor of science degree in urban regional studies from Cornell University, a master’s degree in urban planning from New York University, and both a master’s degree in philosophy and a doctorate in urban planning from Columbia University.


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Reports & Publications

July 19, 2011

The Debt Ceiling Debate: How a Federal Default Could Impact States and Cities

The issue brief "The Debt Ceiling Debate: How a Federal Default Could Impact States and Cities" examines how a failure to reach an agreement to raise the federal debt limit would impact cities and states.

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August 3, 2011

Uncertainty Remains for States in Wake of Debt Deal

Pew research director Kil Huh provides insights into the good and bad news for states and localities in the wake of the deal to raise the debt ceiling limit.


July 29, 2011

Debt Ceiling Uncertainty Could Challenge States' Economic Recoveries

Kil Huh from the Pew Center on the States explains how a federal default could impact states and cities and why uncertainty in the debt ceiling debate may put states' economic recoveries at risk.



July 29, 2011

States Warily Watch Debt-Ceiling Impasse

A story about the impact of the debt ceiling impasse at state level features quotes from Kil Huh, director of research for the Pew Center on the States.

April 21, 2010

City Pension Reform Bill Introduced

An news story from WBAL-TV on pension reform in Baltimore, MD features an interview with Kil Huh, research director at Pew Center on the States.

March 1, 2010

Calpers Confronts Cuts to Return Rate

A Wall Street Journal article on the California Public Employees' Retirement System quotes Kil Huh, Director, Research, Pew Center on the States.

June 10, 2009

Phone Briefing: Clean Energy Economy

Press call on The Pew Charitable Trusts' report detailing the nation’s clean energy economy, providing the first-ever hard count across all 50 states of environmentally friendly jobs, businesses and investments.

June 10, 2009

Clean Energy Economy - Kil Huh & Lori Grange, Pew Center on the States

Video includes comments from Pew experts Kil Huh, Project Director, Research, Pew Center on the States, and Lori Grange, Interim Deputy Director, Pew Center on the States, about a report on the "clean energy economy" released by The Pew Charitable Trusts.

December 30, 2008

Major New Pew Study Finds Many States Not Meeting Military Voters’ Needs

A report to be released on January 6 by the Pew Center on the States provides a first-ever detailed public analysis of states’ voting systems for military personnel overseas.

October 17, 2008

Many State Election Websites Are Called Hard to Use—or Even Find

An article from U.S. News & World Report on a Pew Center on the States study which found that three battleground states are among those criticized for lacking basic services online.

October 16, 2008

Pew Study Finds State Elections Web Sites Have Significant Room for Improvement

State election Web sites are often too difficult for voters to find and use to answer questions such as whether they are registered to vote, where to vote and what will be on the ballot, according to a study released today by the Pew Center on the States.

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Events & Appearances

September 4, 2009

Covering the Budget Beat

Washington, DC

This forum for statehouse journalists will feature a series of in-depth sessions that will describe states’ current and long-term fiscal pressures, examine the effect of the stimulus on the states and detail national and regional economic trends.

August 17, 2009

2009 Capitolbeat Conference

Indianapolis, IN

On August 21 and 22, the Pew Center on the States will sponsor a state budget and finance track at the annual conference for Capitolbeat, the association of statehouse reporters and editors.

June 2, 2009

Pew Report to Detail Job Growth in the Clean Energy Economy

Washington, DC

The Pew Charitable Trusts will release a report detailing the nation’s clean energy economy, on Wednesday, June 10 at 11 a.m. ET.

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