Shelby Kerns - Fiscal Condition of the States

The National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO) is projecting a 20% decline in state tax revenues during the ongoing COVID Crisis.

States are declines in tax revenues during the ongoing COVID-19 Crisis that eclipse the 11.4% decline experienced during the Great Recession. Almost all revenue sources – including sales and use, income, gas, and gaming taxes - are negatively impacted by the current fiscal crisis. Public library aid, state libraries and systems' budgets, and k-12 and higher ed spending are all contingent on the stability state budgets. Join Shelby Kerns, Executive Director of the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO), for a deep dive into state-level financial forecasts and hear about the concerns of state budget officers. The actionable insights from this session will help library administrators plan for the current budget environment and will assist library association leaders in developing policy and legislative agendas.

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Prior to coming to NASBO, Kerns served as Deputy Director at the Idaho Department of Labor, having previously worked in the Idaho Division of Financial Management from 2009-2019 (the state's budget office). In her prior position as Budget Bureau Chief, she led staff in developing, presenting, and advocating for the Governor’s Executive Budget. As a past member of NASBO, Kerns served for two years on the association’s Executive Committee. Earlier in her career, Kerns was executive director of the Idaho Rural Partnership, program director at the Idaho Association of REALTORS®, and assistant executive director of the Idaho Wool Growers Association. Kerns received a master’s degree in business administration from Northwest Nazarene University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Idaho.