Since joining ITEP in 2015, Aidan Davis has worked closely with policymakers, legislative staff, and state organizations across the country to advance policy solutions that aim to achieve equitable and sustainable state and local tax systems. In this capacity, Aidan regularly provides quick-turnaround analysis and strategic guidance. Much of her research focuses on tax credits for lower-income families and state tax measures to improve revenue adequacy. Aidan has served as the lead- or co-author on numerous ITEP reports, including Who Pays, The Case for Extending State-Level child Tax Credits to Those Left Out, State Tax Codes as Poverty Fighting Tools and 3 Percent and Dropping.
Before joining the team, 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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This report presents a comprehensive overview of anti-poverty tax policies, surveys tax policy decisions made in the states in 2019 and offers recommendations that every state should consider to help families rise out of poverty. States can jump start their anti-poverty efforts by enacting one or more of four proven and effective tax strategies to reduce the share of taxes paid by low- and moderate-income families: state Earned Income Tax Credits, property tax circuit breakers, targeted low-income credits, and child-related tax credits.
Sales taxes are one of the most important revenue sources for state and local governments; however, they are also among the most unfair taxes, falling more heavily on low- and middle-income households. Therefore, it is important that policymakers nationwide find ways to make sales taxes more equitable while preserving this important source of funding for public services. This policy brief discusses two approaches to a less regressive sales tax: broad-based exemptions and targeted sales tax credits.