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Scott Pattison


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Scott Pattison is the Deputy Executive Director of the Multistate Tax Commission, an intergovernmental state tax agency, which promotes uniform and consistent tax policy and administration among the states, assists taxpayers in achieving compliance with existing tax laws, and advocates for state and local sovereignty in the development of tax policy. Previously, Mr. Pattison served as executive director and CEO of the National Governors Association, the bipartisan organization of the nation’s governors. Mr. Pattison worked with governors to identify and prioritize issues facing states, identify challenges and solutions to those challenges and oversee the day-to-day operations of the association. Mr. Pattison also served for over 14 years as director of the National Association of State Budget Officers, supporting governors’ chief financial officers and budget directors by providing expert analysis to guide state budget practices and decisions. He started his career in the federal government at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission in the late 1980s. Mr. Pattison recently served on the board of Old Dominion University and is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Richmond.

History of Employment

Deputy Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer
Multistate Tax Commission (Washington, DC)
Former Executive Director
National Governors Association
Former Executive Director
National Association of State Budget Officers
Virginia Department of Planning and Budget
Associate Director
Virginia Department of Planning and Budget
Executive Director
National Consumer Coalition, Inc.
Attorney-Advisor and Assistant to the Director
U.S. Federal Trade Commission
Primary Sector of Expertise


Management Matters Podcast

Grand Challenge: Advance the Nation's Fiscal Health

Navigating Fiscal Health at All Levels of Government During COVID-19 and Beyond with Scott Pattison

Season: 1 Episode:21 | September 08, 2020

Show Notes:

In this episode, we welcome Scott Pattison, the Deputy Executive Director of the Multistate Tax Commission and Academy Fellow, to discuss the difference between the national deficit and national debt, the comparison between the current fiscal crisis and the 2008 financial crisis, engaging constituents with budgetary trade-offs, and advice for fiscal health after COVID-19.

With Scott Pattison, the Deputy Executive Director of the Multistate Tax Commission and an Academy Fellow

Topics Include:

  • The difference between the national deficit and the national debt
  • The current state of fiscal health
  • Comparing economic impacts from the current crisis with the 2008 financial crisis
  • State and local government's ability to recover from the 2008 crisis in preparation for this one
  • Challenges for state and local governments during this crisis (what happens when rainy day funds run out)
  • How state and local should engage with constituents during a crisis
  • How tax structures and fee structures affect the revenue and the tax base
  • One piece of advice for fiscal futures beyond COVID-19

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