April 26: Big Ideas Breakfast: Bridging the Divide: Tax Cuts & Taxpayers

Bridging the Divide: Tax Cuts & Taxpayers

The new presidential administration is pushing the old idea that paying taxes is a burden, and the answer is to cut tax rates for corporations and the rich. But the Roosevelt Institute’s recent paper on corporate taxes argues that there’s no evidence such tax cuts will help the economy, and Vanessa Williamson’s new book Read My Lips: Why Americans Are Proud to Pay Taxes shows that Americans actually view paying taxes as a civic duty—they’re just concerned that others underpay.

What’s the best way to tell people that it’s corporations and the rich, not the poor or people of color, who aren’t paying their fair share?

Join us for breakfast on April 26th as we bridge the divide between taxpayers and tax cuts with a discussion between Brookings Institution Fellow Vanessa S. Williamson and Roosevelt Institute Fellow Marshall Steinbaum. The conversation will be moderated by Joelle Gamble, National Director of the Roosevelt network.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Breakfast available at 7:30 AM
Discussion begins promptly at 8 AM
Concluding at 9 AM (Including Q&A)

Roosevelt Institute
570 Lexington Avenue, Fifth Floor
New York, NY 10022

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Vanessa Williamson headshotVanessa Williamson is a Fellow in Governance Studies at Brookings. She studies the politics of redistribution, with a focus on attitudes about taxation. She is the author of the new book Read My Lips: Why Americans Are Proud to Pay Taxes.

Williamson is also the author, with Harvard professor Theda Skocpol, of The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism, which examines how the Tea Party pushed the Republican Party farther to the right. The book was named one of the ten best political books of the year in the New Yorker. Her other work includes examinations of the political origins of the state Earned Income Tax Credit, the electoral effects of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the conditions in which voters have supported state tax increases, and the factors predicting protests against police brutality.

She has testified before Congress and appeared on CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS,” MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show,” and Al Jazeera America. Her work has also been cited by the Economist, the Associated Press, the Washington Post, and on National Public Radio, among other sources.

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Marshall Steinbaum is a Senior Economist and Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, where he researches market power and inequality. He works on tax policy, antitrust & competition policy, and the labor market, in particular declining entrepreneurship and labor mobility as well as credentialization and its result: the student debt crisis. He is a co-editor of After Piketty: the Agenda for Economics and Inequality (Harvard University Press 2017), and his work has appeared in Democracy, Boston Review, the New Republic, the American Prospect, the Industrial and Labor Relations Review, and ProMarket.


Joelle Gamble - (Copyright Dominique Sindayiganza)Joelle Gamble is the Director of the Roosevelt Institute’s national network of emerging thinkers and doers. Under Joelle’s leadership, Roosevelt has increased its ability to influence local and state government around our generation’s policy priorities. Because who writes the rules matters, she has also prioritized increasing the racial, socioeconomic and gender diversity of its national student leadership—with chapters at both four-year institutions and community colleges and people of color representing the majority or our membership leadership roles. Prior to coming to the Roosevelt Institute, Joelle, as a student organizer in the University of California Student Association, worked on political campaigns related to tax reform and budgetary priorities. Joelle also writes on topics of race and economics. She has been featured in places such at Fox Business, The Nation, Salon, The Hill, The Huffington Post and NextCity. Fusion named her one of 30 women under 30 who are influencing the 2016 election.