The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) recently presented Jonathan Ball, chief budget staffer for the Utah Legislature, with the Steven D. Gold Award.
The Gold Award honors individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of state and local finance, especially those that erase boundaries between academics and public policy.
Ball is the director of the office of Utah’s Legislative Fiscal Analysts and leads a team of 25 economists, accountants, financial analysts and support staff who help legislators craft the state budget each year. He has contributed to several academic publications, is a frequent guest lecturer at colleges and universities in Utah and regularly presents on budget issues for national organizations, including NCSL. He served as president of the National Association of Legislative Fiscal Offices and the Western States Legislative Fiscal Officers Association. He is currently staff co-chair of NCSL’s Standing Committees and a member of the NCSL Executive Committee.
We are fortunate in the Utah Legislature to work with such stellar staff members who allow us to better do our jobs as lawmakers. Our state is consistently recognized for the accuracy and reliability of our budget projections and analysis, and in the Legislature, we have Jonathan Ball and his team to thank for that. We congratulate him for this award.