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State of the States: Pandemic-Driven Budgeting Innovations

State and local government leaders are on the front lines of the battle against COVID-19. While fighting the public health emergency, they must determine how to plan for massive revenue reductions caused by job and income losses and decreased consumer spending. Absent substantial increases in federal relief, states and localities will be forced to raise taxes or cut programs that serve citizens and help rebuild communities. 

This event will focus on innovative ways state leaders are tackling these challenges. Speakers will highlight the effects of strategies undertaken in the last recession and examine strategies being considered across the country today.  


  • Donna K. Ginther, Director, Institute for Policy and Social Research, University of Kansas
  • Tracy Gordon, Senior Fellow, Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center
  • Anne R. Kaiser, Delegate and Chair of the Ways and Means Committee, Maryland House of Delegates 
  • Shelby Kerns, Executive Director, National Association of State Budget Officers
  • Donnie Charleston, Director, State and Local Fiscal Policy Engagement, Urban Institute (moderator)


Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center

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Date & Time Wednesday, July 8, 2020

  • Vice President of Tax Policy
    Codirector, Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center
    Acting Robert C. Pozen Director, Tax Policy