Scott Drenkard

Scott Drenkard

Director of State Projects

Scott is the director of state projects for the Tax Foundation. He is an author of the annual State Business Tax Climate Index and editor of the 2012 and 2013 editions of the popular handbook, Facts & Figures: How Does Your State Compare? In 2013, he co-authored books on North Carolina tax policy and Nebraska tax policy which laid the groundwork for fundamental tax reforms in each state. Scott and the Center for State Tax Policy were highlighted in State Tax Notes' "most influential in state tax policy" feature in 2011, 2012, and 2013.

His analysis of tax and spending policy has been featured in media outlets across the country, including the Economistthe Wall Street JournalUSA Today, the Daily News, the Washington Post, the New York Post, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Denver Post, the Orange County Register, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Star-Ledger, the Sacramento Bee,, Yahoo News, Bloomberg, the Huffington Post, National ReviewKiplinger, GoverningReuters, the Associated Press, CNN, ABC, CBS, Fox News, NPR, the trade publication State Tax Notes, and the peer-reviewed Journal of State Taxation.

Scott has given legislative testimony or presented to officials in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Vermont, Wisconsin, and the U.S. Senate. He is a member of the American Economic Association and the National Association of Business Economics.

Prior to joining the Tax Foundation, Scott was selected as a Charles G. Koch Summer Fellow by the Institute for Humane Studies and served as a Ronald Reagan Fellow in the Goldwater Institute’s Center for Economic Prosperity. In 2012, he completed a year of non-profit management training through the Koch Associate Program. He holds a B.S. in economics from the University of Mary Washington, where he served as the Vice President of Omicron Delta Epsilon, the international economics honor society. He is a candidate for an M.A. in economics at George Mason University.

Follow Scott on Twitter at @ScottDrenkard.

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