Institute Fellow and Codirector, Tax Policy Center
Before joining Urban, I had a long career in government, including three years as a political appointee heading the staff of tax policy economists in the Treasury Department. I joined Urban after leaving government service because it is a place where I could continue to do high-quality research on important issues, surrounded by great colleagues. I value the commitment to nonpartisan and independent analysis, and the encouragement Urban provides to seek better ways of communicating research findings and basic facts about the economy and policy issues to non-technical audiences.
Howard Gleckman’s August 4 TaxVox post on tax increases and small business reminds me of the debate over the Clinton deficit reduction proposals in 1993. Then, as now, a new Democratic President proposed to raise tax rates on the highest individual income taxpayers. Then, as now, Republican opponents portrayed the proposal as a tax increase on small business that would kill jobs and stop the recovery. A June 24, 1993, Washington Post story by David Hilzenrath headlined, “Income Tax Hike Stirs a Debate on Jobs Impact; Administration Rejects Claims Small Business Would Be Hurt,” reported, “As the Senate began considering President Clinton's deficit-reduction plan yesterday, Republicans charged that the income tax increase he says is aimed at the rich would hit small businesses and jeopardize their growth.”