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 at itep.org
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It is well known that the bulk of the federal tax cuts flowed to the highest-earning households, who received the largest tax cut both in terms of real dollars and also as a share of income. But as our analysis with Prosperity Now reveals, solely examining the tax law in the context of class misses a bigger-picture story about how the nation’s public policies not only perpetuate widening income and wealth inequality, they also preserve historic and current injustices that continue to allow white communities to build wealth while denying the same level of opportunity (and often suppressing it) to communities of color.
Progressive tax proposals are finally being discussed with the urgency and seriousness they deserve. Following Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s call for a much higher marginal tax rate for multi-millionaires and Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s proposal to introduce a wealth tax for those at the very top, Sen. Bernie Sanders has introduced a revised version of his proposal to reform the federal estate tax.
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CNBC: Democrats Are Going to Attack the GOP Tax Law from Several Angles, Including SALT Caps and Breaks for Corporations
Many of the changes that Democrats are seeking have little chance of enactment amid divided government in Washington. But Alan…
That is a disastrous idea. Alan Essig, executive director of the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, noted the rule…