Expert Profile

Robert Zahradnik

Director, State Policy, State Fiscal Health and Economic Growth
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Robert Zahradnik is policy director for Pew’s work on state fiscal health and economic growth. He supervises initiatives that help states improve the return on investment from economic development tax incentives and better manage revenue projections and volatility.

Zahradnik oversees research on tax incentive evaluation and long-term budgeting practices and directs technical assistance provided to state leaders including data analysis, policy development, and outreach to key stakeholders and the public. He is a frequent speaker on these issues and has presented to state legislators and a wide range of professional and academic associations.

Before joining Pew in 2010, Zahradnik worked for the chief financial officer of the District of Columbia as a manager in the Office of Budget and Planning and then as director of research in the Office of Revenue Analysis. In the latter position, he managed a research agenda that covered tax, budget, and economic policies and practices. He was also a senior policy analyst with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in Washington, DC.

Zahradnik holds a bachelor of arts degree in communications from Penn State University and a master’s of public administration from George Washington University.

 

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May 31, 2012

The Local Squeeze: Falling Revenues and Growing Demand for Services Challenge Cities, Counties, and School Districts

State aid and property taxes are dropping simultaneously for the first time since 1980, while demand for government services continues to rise. More tough choices lie ahead as leaders look to balance the day-to-day needs of their communities with their long-term prospects.

May 10, 2011

Measuring Transportation Investments: The Road to Results

States spent an estimated $131 billion on transportation in fiscal year 2010, but many cannot answer critical questions about what results this investment is generating, according to a new report by the Pew Center on the States and the Rockefeller Foundation.

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May 31, 2012

Pew: Localities Squeezed by Reduction in State Aid and Property Taxes, Growing Demand for Services

The first research report by the American Cities Project focuses on the biggest city in each of the nation’s 30 largest metropolitan areas and aims to help policy makers understand key challenges and promising approaches.

May 10, 2011

Many States Fail to Measure Performance of Transportation Dollars

States spent an estimated $131 billion on transportation in fiscal year 2010, but many cannot answer critical questions about what results this investment is generating, according to a new report by the Pew Center on the States and the Rockefeller Foundation.

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