Jessica joined ITEP in 2019. She conducts research and analysis on a range of federal tax policy issues, often using ITEP’s microsimulation model, to demonstrate how current and proposed tax and budget policies affect people across the income spectrum. In addition to producing reports and policy briefs, she also represents ITEP in a range of coalitions.
Prior to ITEP, Jessica was an economic analyst for the Economic Policy Institute, where her research portfolio included executive compensation, wage trends and social protection. She also provided technical support to the Economic Analysis and Research Network’s (EARN) state partners. Jessica previously worked as a fiscal policy analyst at the Center for Effective Government (formerly OMB Watch), where she examined how budget and tax policy decisions affect working families, and as a consultant with the World Bank’s Social Protection and Jobs unit, where she conducted research on the gendered impact of fiscal policies across Europe and Central Asia.
Jessica’s work has been cited by numerous broadcast, radio, print, and online news outlets, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, The Guardian, Politico, and The New Yorker. She holds a master’s degree in international development from Georgetown University, as well as a bachelor’s degree in international political economy from the same institution.
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A financial transaction tax (FTT) has the potential to curb inequality, reduce market inefficiencies, and raise hundreds of billions of dollars in revenue over the next decade. Presidential candidates have proposed using an FTT to fund expanding Medicare, education, child care, and investments in children’s health. Any of these public investments would be progressive, narrowing resource gaps between the most vulnerable families and the most fortunate.
Refundable federal tax credits, including the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC), lifted 7.9 million people out of poverty in 2018. This latest analysis from the U.S. Census Bureau demonstrates the power of federal programs to alleviate poverty and help low-income families keep up with the increasing cost of living.