States face immense challenges in 2021 and beyond as they address the rising costs of a health and economic crisis hitting hardest at Black, brown, Indigenous, and immigrant communities and sharp declines in revenue. What lawmakers do in response will have implications for decades to come and ensuring a recovery that extends to everyone will require intentional efforts to undo historic and ongoing harms. This presentation highlights the roots of state and local tax policies, how that shapes the moment we find ourselves in today, and the imperative for following three principles for an antiracist, equitable economic recovery.
Cortney Sanders - Courtney is a Policy Analyst with the Center’s State Fiscal Policy (SFP) division, where she focuses on state fiscal policy through a racial equity lens.
Since joining the Center as a State Policy Fellow, Sanders has researched a range of state fiscal policy issues, including K-12 and early childhood education funding, juvenile justice reform and reinvestment, courtroom fines and fees, and broader fiscal policies to help raise state revenue. She also provides technical support to our State Priorities Partnership to build partners’ capacity to conduct research and analysis through an equitable lens. Sanders holds a bachelor’s degree in Government from the University of Texas, Austin and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Erica Williams- Erica is Vice President for State Fiscal Policy at CBPP. In this role, she takes part in leading the organization and its 40-person State Fiscal Policy division and supports the development and progress of the State Priorities Partnership, a network of over 40 state-level fiscal and economic policy shops working to advance racial, gender, and economic justice.