Today’s episode of The CAP⋅impact Podcast is the first of many I recorded with Professors at the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) annual meeting in Washington D.C. at the beginning of January 2020. This is also not the last episode I have for you about the 2020 Presidential election. Today’s show is a conversation I had with Professor Jeremy Bearer-Friend, who teaches at George Washington University Law School, about tax policy and the impact the different tax policy proposals put forth by the various Democratic candidates would have.
The interesting thing about tax policy is that because taxes fund government services tax policy impacts and shapes almost every other policy conversation. Case in point, we digress into a conversation about changes in tax policy, and governing philosophy more generally, dramatically changed higher education in California when the state started shifting to a high fee-high aid model for higher education and what the change meant for how higher education is viewed.
But writ large, this was a conversation focused on tax policy and socioeconomic justice – how tax policy can be used to remedy societal issues – and where the candidates stack up in using tax policy to achieve greater socioeconomic justice. If you are seeking out a conversation about the current Democratic primary and the presidential election that is not about the horse race, Medicare For All, Impeachment, or the latest flare-up created by someone’s supporters on Twitter, this conversation is for you.
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