Evidence Counts: Evaluating State Tax Incentives for Jobs and Growth

Evaluating the performance of state programs has become more important than ever. Despite shrinking revenues, states are being bombarded with greater demand for services. Citizens not only want increased access to programs, but also expect these programs to be run efficiently. At this intersection of demand, limited resources and the watchful eyes of taxpayers sits the policymaker or agency administrator trying to decide how best to move forward. Measuring performance and using performance data to strategically place resources are key to implementing the accountable, transparent and results-focused governance policies that citizens demand. This session educated conference attendees on how “Results First” works and why using this approach to policy decision-making can lead to better, more efficient use of scarce state dollars.

The Pew Charitable Trusts and the John D. and 
Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
September 19, 2013
 
Evaluating the performance of state programs has become more important than ever. Despite shrinking revenues, states are being bombarded with greater demand for services. Citizens not only want increased access to programs, but also expect these programs to be run efficiently. At this intersection of demand, limited resources and the watchful eyes of taxpayers sits the policymaker or agency administrator trying to decide how best to move forward. Measuring performance and using performance data to strategically place resources are key to implementing the accountable, transparent and results-focused governance policies that citizens demand. This session educated conference attendees on how “Results First” works and why using this approach to policy decision-making can lead to better, more efficient use of scarce state dollars.
 
Josh Goodman, Pew State Fiscal Health and Economic Growth Project
 
 

Josh Goodman
Josh Goodman is an expert on economic development tax incentives with Pew’s State Fiscal Health and Economic Growth project. Josh has served as lead writer for Pew’s first two research reports on tax incentives, Evidence Countsand Avoiding Blank Checks. Since joining the tax incentives team full-time earlier this year, he has provided technical assistance to lawmakers proposing evaluation laws and to state analysts studying tax incentives. Josh previously served as a staff writer for Stateline, Pew’s daily news service covering state government, where he covered tax and budget issues. Prior to joining Pew, he was a staff writer at Governing magazine, covering state legislatures, fiscal issues, health care and transportation, among other topics. At Stateline and Governing, Josh interviewed hundreds of state officials, including numerous governors, legislators and agency heads. He graduated with a degree in politics from the University of Virginia.