CEO | Chief Economist

J. Scott Moody

J. Scott Moody

J. Scott Moody is the CEO and Chief Economist for Federalism In Action. Scott has worked as a public policy economist for over 18 years. He is the author, co-author and editor of more than 180 studies and books. He has testified before the House Ways and Means Committee of the U.S. Congress as well as various state legislatures. His work has appeared in Forbes, CNN Money, State Tax Notes, Portland Press Herald, New Hampshire’s Union Leader, Hartford Courant, The Oklahoman, and Albuquerque Journal.

Prior to Federalism In Action, Scott was the CEO of State Budget Solutions, a national think tank focusing on state pension reform and state dependency on the federal government. He was also the former CEO and Chief Economist of the State Policy Network affiliated think tank The Maine Heritage Policy Center. His professional experience includes positions as Senior Economist at The Tax Foundation, Senior Economist at The Heritage Foundation, Vice President of Policy at The Maine Heritage Policy Center, Research Fellow at The Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, and Senior Fellow for Budget and Tax Policy at the Illinois Policy Institute. Additionally, Scott was appointed by Governor Paul LePage to serve on Maine’s Consensus Economic Forecasting Commission from 2011-2015.

Scott is also a Senior Fellow with the American Conservative Union Foundation and is the co-creator of the Tax Foundation’s popular State Business Tax Climate Index.

Scott is a graduate of George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia with a Master of Arts in Economics. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Wingate University in North Carolina.

Scott, his wife, and their five children make their home in New Hampshire.


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