Areas of ExpertiseState Tax Policy State Tax Trends Budget policy Child tax credit Earned income tax credit Circuit breakers
Aidan is ITEP’s acting state policy director. She coordinates ITEP’s state tax policy research and advocacy agenda and works closely with policymakers, legislative staff, and national and state organizations across the country to advance policy solutions that aim to achieve equitable and sustainable state and local tax systems.
Her analyses focus on how tax and budget policies affect low- and moderate-income families as well as how tax and budget policies affect federal, state and local governments’ ability to fund essential public priorities, including education, childcare, infrastructure and health care. Aidan is the lead or co-author of numerous publications on topics including refundable tax credits for workers and families (such as federal and state-level Earned Income Tax Credits and Child Tax Credits), using tax codes to address inequality and poverty, promoting progressive revenue raising options, and the identifying tax policy trends across the country. She is also a co-author of ITEP’s flagship report, Who Pays? A Distributional Analysis of the Tax Systems in All Fifty States.
Before joining ITEP in 2015, Aidan focused on state and local budget policy at The Pew Charitable Trusts. In that role she led research, authored reports, and provided technical assistance to help states improve their long-term fiscal health. Prior, Aidan focused on the property tax and a range of issues affecting low-income families while working with the District of Columbia’s Office of Revenue Analysis and the George Washington Institute of Public Policy. Aidan has also consulted, providing fiscal and policy analysis, for Vermont’s Joint Fiscal Office and Barrett and Greene, Inc.
Aidan holds a bachelor’s degree from Kent State University and a Master of Public Policy from George Washington University.aidan at itep.org
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Since last year, multiple states across the country have proposed or are pursuing costly income and other tax cuts that are heavily tilted toward the highest-income households. State advocates have worked to beat back these proposals and sounded the alarm about the long-term consequences of tax cuts, but legislatures (most GOP-led) continue to introduce and approve top-heavy and permanent tax cuts. This state tax-cut fervor took center stage last night when Gov. Kim Reynolds of Iowa gave the Republican response to President Biden's SOTU address.
Although the EITC expansion did not receive as much attention as the expanded Child Tax Credit, a new ITEP report shows the positive impact of allowing young workers without children in the home to maintain access to one of the nation’s most significant and effective anti-poverty programs.
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Below is an excerpt of a letter to the editor by Aidan Davis: The overarching theme that ties most of…
Many states exempt retirement income, although the specifics vary widely. Eight states have no personal income tax, but among those…