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Scott Drenkard

The Tax Foundation
Economist & Manager of State Projects
Scott works in the Tax Foundation's Center for State Tax Policy, where his research covers diverse topics relating to state tax structures. 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 onNorth 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 have been highlighted in State Tax Notes' "most influential in state tax policy" feature for three years running since 2011.

His analysis of tax and spending policy has been featured in media outlets across the country, including the Wall Street Journal, USA 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, CNN.com, Yahoo News, Bloomberg, the Huffington Post, National Review, Kiplingers, Governing, Stateline, Reuters, the Associated Press, CNN, ABC, CBS, Fox News, NPR, the trade publication State Tax Notes, and the peer-reviewed Journal of State Taxation. He has given legislative testimony or presented to officials in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Vermont, Wisconsin, and the U.S. Senate.

Scott additionally manages the Tax Foundation internship program, a highly competitive program with positions in policy, communications, and development.

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. His work can be seen in their quarterly publication, For the Record. 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 founded the Libertarian Readers Society and 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.