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State of the States 2021: Pandemic Response and Recovery

Governors and other state leaders have now spent a full year responding to the unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since early 2020, they have addressed multiple waves of infections and hospitalizations, massive job losses, decreased consumer spending, and resulting strains on state budgets. Now, governors and other state officials have begun crafting new budgets for a strong and equitable recovery.

Please join us for a conversation with Colorado Governor Jared Polis, followed by a panel discussion of fiscal conditions across the country. This event will focus on the lessons state budget officials have learned during the crisis and the new, innovative strategies they are using to stabilize their economies. Speakers from various states will share their on-the-ground experiences and explain what comes next for their states and the country.



Keynote Conversation

  • Jared Polis, Governor, Colorado
  • Kim S. Rueben, State and Local Finance Initiative, Urban Institute

Panel Discussion

  • John Hicks, Budget Director, Kentucky
  • Kimberly Murnieks, Director, Office of Budget and Management, Ohio
  • Richard C. Auxier, Senior Policy Associate, Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center (moderator)




We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. Please email [email protected] if you require any accommodations or have any questions about this event.

Photo credit: Joseph Sohm/Shutterstock


Date & Time Tuesday, March 9, 2021

  • Sol Price Fellow
    Director, State and Local Finance Initiative