Miles provides research and monitors state tax policy to support state researchers and advocates.
Before joining ITEP in 2022, Miles worked in the office of Rep. Peter DeFazio for more than three years. As a legislative assistant, his work included drafting a windfall profits tax on oil companies to prevent corporate profiteering from global crises and returning the tax revenue to Americans as a rebate, pursing an equitable tax policy related to financial transaction taxes and tax avoidance from the wealthy and major corporations, and reforming higher education policy to improve affordability and eliminate the burden of student loan debt. Overall, his legislative portfolio included budget, education, financial services, homeland security, housing, labor, LGBTQ issues, taxes, and technology/telecommunications.
Miles is a proud Oregonian and earned his B.S. in Economics, Political Science, and Journalism from the University of Oregon.miles at itep.org
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Despite mixed economic signals for 2023, including a possible recession, many state lawmakers plan to use temporary budget surpluses to forge ahead with permanent, regressive tax cuts that would disproportionately benefit the wealthy at the expense of low- and middle-income households. These cuts would put state finances in a precarious position and further erode public investments in education, transportation and health, all of which are crucial for creating inclusive, vibrant communities where everyone, not just the rich, can achieve economic security and thrive. In the event of an economic downturn, these results would be accelerated and amplified.
Refundable tax credits are an important tool for improving family economic security and advancing racial equity, and there is incredible momentum heading into 2023 to boost two key state credits: the Child Tax Credit and the Earned Income Tax Credit.