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Federal Tax Reform and the Impact on the States
Thursday, June 6, 2013
Policymakers continue to debate how to reduce the federal budget deficit and how to simplify the federal tax code. Changes to federal tax policy can affect states directly through linkages in their tax codes or indirectly through the economic impact of state residents paying increased or decreased federal taxes.
This webinar will feature a brief presentation on the status of federal tax reform, examples of federal-state tax policy linkages, and use a newly released report from The Pew Charitable Trusts on the mortgage interest deduction, "The Geographic Distribution of the Mortgage Interest Deduction," to illustrate the varying impacts of federal tax policy and reform on the states. It also will feature two legislator respondents who will discuss how federal tax reform—including but not limited to changes to the mortgage interest deduction—could affect their states.
- Michael Ettlinger, senior director, The Pew Charitable Trusts
- Kasia O’Neill Murray, project manager, The Pew Charitable Trusts
- Maryland State Senator Delores Kelley
- Texas State Representative Dan Flynn
- Moderator: Heather Morton, Program Principal, Fiscal Affairs Program, National Conference of State Legislatures
Michael Ettlinger, Senior Director, Pew Charitable Trusts
Michael Ettlinger is senior director of Pew's fiscal and economic policy portfolio, a multifaceted set of projects and initiatives that research fiscal and economic issues and promote evidence-based policies and practices at all levels of government. As the head of this portfolio, Ettlinger leads a staff of experts that includes researchers, project analysts, journalists, and consultants and guides the direction of Pew's work to provide critical data and analyses that strengthen fiscal and economic policy across federal, state, and local levels.
Prior to joining Pew, Ettlinger was the vice president for economic policy at the Center for American Progress, working on a wide range of national issues from budget policy and government reform to higher education, housing, and trade. Ettlinger previously worked at the Economic Policy Institute where he ran a network of state-level economic think tanks, the Economic Analysis and Research Network and was tax policy director and state tax policy director at the Institute for Taxation and Economic policy for 11 years. He also served on the staff of the New York State Assembly and on several nonprofit boards and government advisory commissions and study groups.
Ettlinger holds a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Cornell University and a law degree from American University, Washington College of Law.
Kasia O'Neill Murray, Project Manager, Pew Charitable Trusts
Kasia O’Neill Murray is a project manager for the Fiscal Federalism Initiative, which examines the fiscal and policy relationships between federal and state governments. As a manager of the project’s research portfolio, Murray oversees a robust analytical agenda, exploring the impact of federal deficit reduction on the states.
Murray previously worked as a policy analyst for the Joint Economic Committee in the U.S. Congress, where she authored reports on topics including the impact of federal budget and tax policy on American families and policies promoting retirement savings and security. She also worked as an analyst in the Congressional Budget Office’s Budget Analysis Division. At the state level, Murray has worked as a fiscal and policy analyst for California’s Legislative Analyst’s Office, where she testified regularly before the budget and policy committees on California’s employment and income support programs. Murray previously worked for Pew’s Commission on Children in Foster Care, where she advised a panel of national experts on policy options to reform federal financing of the child welfare system.
Murray holds a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison La Follette School of Public Affairs and a bachelor’s degree in urban studies from Bryn Mawr College.
Senator Delores Kelley, State Senator, Maryland
Delores G. Kelley was elected to the Maryland House of Delegates in 1990, and has been the Senator for Maryland’s 10th legislative district since January 1995. Prior to legislative service, Delores Kelley retired in 2004 from Coppin State University where she served for 39 years as a professor and dean. She has participated in fact-finding missions to Israel, is a past President of the BLACK Jewish Forum (BLEWS), has served on the Board of the Baltimore Urban League, and on the Board of the Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies (ICJS). Senator Kelley was also a founding board member in 1982 of The Harbor Bank of Maryland, where she is Vice Chair of the Board.
In the Maryland Legislature, Senator Kelley is Chair of the Executive Nominations Committee and Senate Vice Chair of the Joint Committee on Health Care Delivery and Financing. She is also a member of the Senate Finance Committee, and the Joint Committee on Unemployment Insurance Oversight. Senator Kelley is also a member of the Maryland Foreclosure Task Force, and is Past Chair of NCSL’s Communications, Financial Services and Interstate Commerce Committee.
She has earned degrees at four universities, including the Ph.D. at the University of Maryland at College Park, and an M.A. in Religious Education at New York University.
Representative Dan Flynn, State Representative, Texas
Representative Dan Flynn is in his sixth term representing House District 2 in the Texas House of Representatives. During the 83rd Session of the Texas Legislature, Representative Flynn serves as Co-Chairman of the House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations. He also serves as Vice Chair of the House Committee on Investments and Financial Services and as a member of the House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety. Representative Flynn serves as Chair of the NCSL Military and Veterans Affairs Task Force, and is a Former Chair of NCSL’s Budgets and Revenue Committee.
A native Texan, Representative Flynn has had a distinguished career in the banking industry of Texas, including service as the Deputy Banking Commissioner for the State of Texas. He has served as a consultant in the financial and banking industries in Texas, nationally, and internationally. Prior to his election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2002, he served as County Judge of Van Zandt County.
Representative Flynn lives with his wife Susan in Van, Texas, where they are active members of the Church of the Nazarene.
Heather Morton, Program Principal, Fiscal Affairs Program, National Conference of State Legislatures
Heather Morton has been with NCSL since 2000 and currently covers financial services, civil liability and alcohol regulation issues. She is a staff liaison to NCSL’s Communications and Financial Services and Interstate Commerce Committee. Heather has been New Hampshire’s NCSL connection since 2005. She earned her law degree from the University of Denver and earned her undergraduate degree in history and women’s studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
This webinar is made possible with the generous support of The Pew Charitable Trusts.