Steven Gold Award 2013


NCSL News Vermont Fiscal Director Stephen Klein Wins Steven D. Gold Award

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Stephen Klein, director of the Vermont Joint Fiscal Office, will be honored with the Steven D. Gold Award Dec. 6 during the National Conference of State Legislatures’ (NCSL) Fall Forum in Washington, D.C. The award, presented by NCSL in conjunction with the National Tax Association and the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, recognizes a person who has made a significant contribution to public financial management in the field of intergovernmental relations and state and local finance. It was named for respected financial analyst Steven D. Gold, who was active in all three organizations.

“Stephen Klein exemplifies everything our late colleague Steve Gold stood for, including a deep and abiding knowledge of fiscal affairs and great integrity,” said NCSL Executive Director William T. Pound. “He is being honored not only for his many years of professional and public service, but also for the respect and admiration he earned from his staff, members of the legislature, his community and colleagues from around the country.”

Klein joined the staff of the Vermont General Assembly in 1992 as a fiscal analyst in the legislature’s Joint Fiscal Office. In 1993, he was appointed chief fiscal officer. The nonpartisan office provides fiscal analysis, budget evaluation, performance oversight and fiscal policy support for the Appropriations, Finance, Ways & Means, and Tax Committees and for the legislature as a whole. Klein oversees 12 full-time staff and three consultants. 

Klein served as president of the National Association of Legislative Fiscal Offices in 1998-1999 and was a member of NCSL’s Executive Committee from 2002-2005. For the past five years he has served on the advisory board of the New England Public Policy Center at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, which advises the center’s staff on research content, direction and dissemination to policymakers in the New England region. Klein also serves as a guest lecturer on the legislative budget process at the Vermont Law School. 

Before joining the Vermont legislature, Klein served as a director of the Environmental Investment Group Inc., director of the Massachusetts Senate Post Audit and Oversight Bureau, assistant director for the Endowment Fund of the Combined Jewish Philanthropies in Boston, and legislative director and legal counsel for a Massachusetts state senator. 

Klein received his A.B. from the University of California, Berkeley, his M.A. in Urban Studies & Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law.

Steve Gold, who died in 1996 from cancer, enjoyed an exemplary career as an analyst of state and local fiscal issues. Before his death, he was the co-director of the Urban Institute's New Federalism project, director of the Center for the Study of States at the Rockefeller Institute of SUNY, and director of Fiscal Studies at NCSL. He was known as an honest broker of issues and for his ability to span the interests of scholars, elected officials, practitioners and policy advocates in an evenhanded and nonpartisan manner.

NCSL is the bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staff of the states, commonwealths and territories. It provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues and is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of the states in the American federal system.