Areas of ExpertiseState tax and budget policy current and historical state tax trends immigrants and taxes working family tax credits
Meg is ITEP’s deputy director. She joined ITEP as its state tax policy director in 2010 after spending several years working on tax policy in her home state of North Carolina. She is responsible for coordinating ITEP’s federal and state tax policy agenda. Meg works closely with policymakers, legislative staff and state and national organizations to advise and provide research on policy solutions that will achieve fair and sustainable federal, state and local tax systems.
Meg is an expert on state tax policy issues. She studies, writes and provides commentary and insight to a wide range of audiences on historical and current trends in state tax and budget policy. In particular, her analyses focus both on how tax and budget policies affect low- and moderate-income families as well as the intersection of tax and budget policies and state and local governments’ ability to fund basic public priorities, including education, infrastructure and health care. She is a lead or co-author of numerous publications on topics ranging from tax credits for workers and families, taxes paid by undocumented immigrants, closing tax loopholes, using state tax codes as an anti-poverty tool, promoting progressive revenue raising options, to comprehensive state and local tax reform. She also is a lead author of ITEP’s flagship report, Who Pays? A Distributional Analysis of the Tax Systems in All Fifty States.
Before ITEP, Meg worked at the North Carolina Budget and Tax Center where her research and advocacy focused on the effect of state fiscal policy on low- and moderate-income North Carolinians. Her work in North Carolina included leading a successful campaign to enact a state refundable Earned Income Tax Credit and coordinating a statewide revenue coalition, Together NC.
Meg holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Virginia and a Master of Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. She resides in Durham, N.C.
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The onset of spring this week proved to be fertile ground for state fiscal policy debates. A teacher strike came to an end in West Virginia as another seems ready to begin in Oklahoma. Budgets were finalized in Florida, West Virginia, and Wyoming, are set to awaken from hibernation in Missouri and Virginia, and are being hotly debated in several other states. Meanwhile Idaho, Iowa, Maryland, and Minnesota continued to grapple with implications of the federal tax-cut bill. And our What We're Reading section includes coverage of how states are attempting to further public priorities by taxing carbon, online gambling, opioids, and inequality itself.
With many state legislative sessions about halfway through, the ripple effects of the federal tax-cut bill took a back seat this week as states focused their energies on their own tax and budget issues. Major proposals were released in Nebraska and New Jersey, one advanced in Missouri, and debates wrapped up in Florida, Utah, and Washington. Oklahoma and Vermont are considering ways to improve education funding, while California, New York, and Vermont look to require more of their most fortunate residents. And check in on "what we're reading" for resources on the online sales tax debate, the role of property taxes in racial inequity, and more.
Media Mentions view more
The upset that governors like Cuomo and others are voicing is understandable, says Meg Wiehe, deputy director of the Institute…
The Republican tax overhaul is giving most Americans a break on their federal income taxes. But fallout from the same…