Expert Interviews

Each week we interview one of our experts on issues important to states.

View the entire series below.

Ingrid Schroeder

The Landscape of Americans’ Circumstances  
April 2, 2012

"During the fourth quarter of 2011, against common notions, unemployed individuals with higher levels of education were just as likely to be experience joblessness for a year or longer as those with only a high school education."

David Becker

Voter Registration  
February 28, 2012

"The Summit will bring together researchers, policy makers, practitioners and advocates to determine how our country, our states and our local communities can build better systems to improve society’s capacity to nurture families."

Libby Doggett

Home Visiting Summit  
February 10, 2012

"The Summit will bring together researchers, policy makers, practitioners and advocates to determine how our country, our states and our local communities can build better systems to improve society’s capacity to nurture families."

Chris Swope

State of the States  
January 27, 2012

"The real flashpoint this year will probably be taxes. At least half a dozen Republican governors have proposed cutting taxes. Meanwhile, a similar number of Democrats are pitching tax increases."

Bill Maas

Water Fluoridation  
December 8, 2011

"Pew is involved because community water fluoridation is an effective preventive health intervention that hasn’t reached all the communities it could."

Chris Swope

Covering the 2011 and 2012 Elections  
November 15, 2011

"Some of this year’s ballot measures may foreshadow debates we’ll be seeing in states in 2012."

Matt Morse

Voting Information  
November 4, 2011

"Given that conducting elections is a core government service, we should do it the best way we can to serve voters and serve taxpayers."

— Matt Morse, senior associate, Election Initiatives

Sarah Emmens

How States Estimate Revenue  
November 2, 2011

"At a time when it’s important for states to get it right, they’re still having difficulty with their forecasts."

— Sarah Emmens, research manager, Pew Center on the States

Marci Young

The Future of Pre-k Education  
October 14, 2011

"There is a solid commitment from a range of diverse perspectives to continue this movement on pre-k long after the Pew campaign ends."

— Marci Young, director, Pre-K Now

James J. Carey

Military and Overseas Voting  
October 14, 2011

"The men and women we put in harm’s way should be able to participate in the democracy they protect."

— Rear Admiral (Ret.) James J. Carey, senior advisor, Election Initiatives

Alan Ehrenhalt

The Relationship Between State and Local Governments  
October 14, 2011

"Most cities and counties are facing a budget squeeze similar to the one at the state level, but they have nobody further down to pass the problem off to."

— Alan Ehrenhalt, editor, Stateline

Adam Gelb

Enhancing Public Safety  
October 6, 2011

"Research shows that to deter negative behavior, penalties need to be applied swiftly and certainly. The severity is less important."

— Adam Gelb, director, Public Safety Performance Project

Sue Urahn

State Pensions and Retirement Benefits  
September 29, 2011

"Funding retirement benefits is a partnership...states need to make sure they're holding up their end of the deal."

— Sue Urahn, managing director, Pew Center on the States

Erin Currier

Economic Mobility and the American Dream  
September 22, 2011

"The recent numbers on increased levels of poverty, particularly child poverty, are troubling in terms of economic mobility."

— Erin Currier, project manager, Economic Mobility Project

Shelly Gehshan

The Gap in Dental Care  
September 15, 2011

"Our advice to states is, get ready, expand your system, do as much prevention as you can."

— Shelly Gehshan, director, Pew Children's Dental Campaign 

Marci Young

Race to the Top Funding and Pre-K  
September 8, 2011

"Pre-k is not expendable; it is essential."

— Marci Young, director, Pre-K Now 

Kil_thumbThe Federal Debt Deal Crucial for States  
September 1, 2011

"As policy makers in Washington debate the options for reducing the federal debt, understanding how states and cities might be affected is crucial."

— Kil Huh, director, Research

Libby thumbHome Visiting Programs Get a Funding Boost
August 25, 2011

"When a home visiting program is well run, it can return up to $5.70 for every dollar invested."

— Libby Doggett, director, Pew Home Visiting Campaign 


  • Voter Registration

    Feb 27, 2012 - Approximately 24 million voter registrations in the United States—one of every eight—are no longer valid or have significant inaccuracies, according to the new report, Inaccurate, Costly, and Inefficient, from the Pew Center on the States’ Election Initiatives.

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