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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A 2019 ITEP analysis found that Black and Latinx households are overrepresented in the lowest-income quintiles; while they represent about 22 percent of overall tax returns, they account for 30 percent of the poorest quintile of taxpayers.
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.