Areas of ExpertiseState tax and budget policy
Alan Essig joined ITEP as its executive director in April 2017. Prior to leading ITEP, Mr. Essig was the founding executive director of the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute (GBPI) from 2004 to 2015. GBPI is a research and education organization that studies state and federal budget and tax policies and their impact on Georgia. He is an expert on state budget and tax policy, having written numerous reports, analysis, and op-ed pieces on these issues.
Prior to ITEP and GBPI, Mr. Essig held numerous leadership positions within the Georgia state government, including deputy policy director to Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes, deputy commissioner of the Georgia Department of Human Resources, director of the Georgia State Senate Research Office, and committee staff to both the Georgia House of Representatives and Georgia State Senate appropriations committees. Mr. Essig has an undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a master’s degree from the Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the State University of New York at Albany. He splits his time between East Lansing, Mich., and Washington D.C. and originally hails from New York City.alan @ itep.org
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Today, the economic climate is starkly different, but it seems GOP leaders are relying on messaging and luck to push through the biggest tax package since 1986. The White House, Republican leaders and anti-tax advocates all have been toeing the same erroneous line: their plans to cut individual and corporate taxes will benefit middle class families and grow the economy. This is, of course, baloney.
Until GOP leaders put forth a detailed tax proposal, we will not know for certain whether the plan will focus on the middle-class and create jobs. But what we do know is that unless the plan is a radical departure from the principles outlined by President Trump earlier this year or laid out by Paul Ryan last year in his “Better Way,” plan, GOP-led tax “reform” efforts will be a tax break bonanza for the wealthiest Americans while delivering a pittance to working people.
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Following is an excerpt from a op-ed by Alan Essig, executive director of ITEP, published on Fortune. President Donald Trump…
Alan Essig, executive director of the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, says data from the Congressional Budget Office confirms…