Misha joined ITEP in 2016 through the State Policy Fellowship Program, a project of the State Priorities Partnership (SPP). Misha’s research and analyses focus on a variety of state tax policy issues, including the tax contributions of undocumented immigrants. She co-authored ITEP’s first report examining the tax contributions of young undocumented immigrants eligible for or receiving Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). She also has drafted expert declarations for several court cases defending the DACA program, translated reports to Spanish, and responded to Spanish-language media inquiries. She has also led research on excise taxes on items like soda and cannabis.
Prior to joining ITEP, she earned a Master of Public Policy at The George Washington University. While earning her degree, Misha was a research assistant with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities’ Family Income Support team where she supported research on TANF policies. She also interned with the Women’s Health Division at the Kaiser Family Foundation through the Peterson Foundation Fiscal Policy Internship. Before finding her way to the policy world, Misha worked in hospital administration and at a New Jersey welfare-to-work program as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer. She earned her undergraduate degree in Hispanic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.
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State Tax Codes Can Help Mitigate Poverty and Impact of Federal Tax Cuts on Low- and Middle-Income Families
The national poverty rate declined by 0.4 percentage points to 12.3 percent in 2017. According to the U.S. Census, this…
This report presents a comprehensive overview of anti-poverty tax policies, surveys tax policy decisions made in the states in 2018, and offers recommendations that every state should consider to help families rise out of poverty. States can jumpstart 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.