The Pew Center on the States is a division of The Pew Charitable Trusts that identifies andadvances effective solutions to critical issues facing states. Pew is a nonprofit organizationthat applies a rigorous, analytical approach to improve public policy, inform the public, andstimulate civic life.
PEW CENTER ON THE STATES
Susan K. Urahn, managing director
Research and writing
Brandon Brockmyer Jeff Chapman Josh GoodmanDenise Wilson Will WilsonRobert Zahradnik
Lori GrangeScott Greenberger
Nicole DueffertLiz VoylesGaye Williams
Design and web
Jennifer PeltakEvan PotlerCarla Uriona
The following experts have reviewed the report for accuracy and verify that the conclusionsare well-founded and based on a sound methodology. Except where noted, they also providedvaluable guidance in developing the criteria for rating the states. Organizations are listed foraffiliation purposes only.
Bill Allaway, president, TTARA Research Foundation Jim Anderson, president, Springfield, Missouri AreaChamber of CommerceTimothy J. Bartik (reviewer only), senior economist, W.E. Upjohn InstituteCarl Davis, senior policy analyst, Institute on Taxationand Economic PolicyRuta Fanning, retired legislative auditor, WashingtonState Joint Legislative Audit and Review CommitteePeter Fisher, research director, Iowa Policy Project,and professor emeritus of urban and regionalplanning, University of IowaDan Gorin (reviewer only), former chief economist of the Oklahoma Department of Commerce
Valuable research support was provided by the following Pew staff members: Ike Emejuru, John Gramlich, RickyHarrison, Vicki Kleger, and Aidan Russell. We also thank Samuel Derheimer, Sara Dube, Emily Lando, MicheleMariani Vaughn, Lori Metcalf, Abigail Sylvester, Gary VanLandingham, and Darcy White for their insights. Finally,we thank the many state officials and other experts in the field who were so generous with their time, knowledge,and expertise.
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