Prior to joining ITEP in 2016, Lisa worked as an analyst with the Fiscal Policy Center at Voices for Illinois Children where she focused on state tax and budget policy issues impacting family economic security, education, human services, and health care. In that role she conducted research, authored reports, and created data and communication tools to advance budget and tax reforms that improve opportunities for low- and middle-income families and put Illinois on a path to a stronger fiscal future.
Previously, Lisa worked on a range of social policy issues, including a fair tax campaign with the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, family tax credits with the National Women’s Law Center, and domestic violence legal services with LAF. Lisa has also worked in non-profit administration and as a middle school teacher.
Lisa holds a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and a Masters in Public Policy Studies and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Chicago.lisa at itep.org
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It’s always troubling for those concerned with adequate and fair public finance systems when states prioritize tax cuts at the cost of divesting in important public priorities and exacerbating underlying tax inequalities. But it’s even more nerve-racking when it happens on the eve of what many consider to be an inevitable economic downturn.
Trends We're Watching in 2019: Raising Revenue and Spending Surpluses to Prioritize Critical Public Investments
A second notable trend in 2019 is states raising revenue to address longstanding needs and states allocating their surpluses to invest in critical public priorities such as early childhood programs, education and other human services.