Patrick joined the Budget & Tax Center in December 2014 as the Center’s dedicated economic analyst. Immediately prior to joining the Budget and Tax Center, he served as a Fiscal Analyst for the North Carolina General Assembly where his duties included economic impact modeling, tax and appropriation analysis, and monitoring economic development policy. McHugh has also worked for the International Economic Development Council in Washington, DC and the Center for Competitive Economies at UNC Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the UNC Chapel Hill and has worked on a range of economic issues including labor force dynamics, disaster recovery, sustainable development, and workforce development.