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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The Jig Is Up: Republican Budget Resolution Finally Admits That Deficit Will Soar Under GOP Tax Plan
For some lawmakers, annual deficits matter a lot—unless the nation is paying for tax cuts for the wealthy via deficit spending. Last night, Republican lawmakers demonstrated that previous grandstanding about the nation’s debt is much ado about nothing. The Senate approved a budget resolution on a party-line vote that would 1. fast-track legislation adding $1.5 trillion to the deficit over 10 years by cutting taxes, and 2. make it easy to enact this measure without a single Democratic vote.
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.
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Republicans say they want their tax code to give middle-class Americans a break, but some analysts are warning a few…
Following in an excerpt from an op-ed by Alan Essig published in Fortune. In September, shortly after the GOP released…