Governor's Office for Policy Research

Functions of Governor's Office for Policy Research


The Governor’s Office for Policy Research (GOPR) performs research and analysis on public policy issues important to the Commonwealth. 

In accordance with KRS 154.30-030, the Office provides input into the methodology and assumptions used in the independent consultant’s reports for the tax increment financing program and for tourism development projects, pursuant to KRS 148.885, and supports the Office of State Budget Director’s certification for each project. 

Expenditure forecasting for several key areas of state government are led or are contributed to by GOPR, including the incarcerated felon population, Medicaid benefit expenditures, and the elementary and secondary education funding formula inputs. 

The Phase I Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement calculations are monitored and prepared by this Office, and GOPR convenes the state agency participants involved in the enforcement mechanisms necessary to stay in compliance with the Settlement Agreement. 



Contact Information

Office of the State Budget Director
200 Mero Street 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40622​

Phone: (502) 564-7300



Functions of GOPR

  • Contribute to Consensus Forecasting Process
  • Oversee sale of NOx credits
  • Conduct fiscal impact analysis of legislative proposals
  • Certify all TIF and Tourism Development and proposals
  • Estimate General Fund proceeds from MSA
  • Coordinate and staff tobacco working group to track ongoing MSA issue and ensure compliance
  • Provide calculations for county distributions per HB611
  • Project Medicaid expenditures with PWS and in-house cash expenditure model
  • Provide inmate population projection for the Department of Corrections
  • Provide research papers in conjunction with Long Term Policy Research Commission (LTPRC)
  • Provide testimony at legislatives committees
  • Maintain and operate Dynamic Regional Economic Forecasting Model (REMI) for evaluation of tourism, economic development and legislative proposals



Michael Jones
Deputy  Executive Director for Policy and Research
Tax Policy Michael Jones
Sarah Aitken​
TIF and Tourism Development
Economic Development
Prison Inmate Population Forecasting
Regional Economic Forecasting Model (REMI)
County Distribution per HB611
Master Settlement Agreement
Energy Policy
NOx Credits
SEEK Forecasting
Manages the Tax Expenditure Report
Medicaid Expenditures Forecasting
Governor's Office for Policy Research