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Phineas Baxandall
Senior Analyst for Tax & Budget Policy
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Phineas Baxandall is a Senior Policy Analyst at U.S. PIRG and directs program on tax and budget issues as well as transportation. Mr. Baxandall is a leading expert in his field and has appeared on numerous talk shows and conducted studio interviews and debates for outlets such as CNN, MSNBC, Fox and PBS. His op-eds have appeared in dozens of newspapers across the country and he has been quoted in numerous publications such as the New York Times, Washington Post and the Economist. He often presents at conferences and has given invited testimony and public comment to state legislatures, Congress, and the U.S. Department of Transportation. His blogs appear on the National Journal Transportation Expert blog, Huffington Post and StreetsBlog.

Mr. Baxandall previously worked at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government where he assisted in directing the Taubman Center for State and Local Government as well as the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston. In that capacity he assisted the city of Somerville, Massachusetts with performance management and best-practice budgeting, as well as serving as a technical advisor for the Massachusetts Metropolitan Mayors’ Coalition report on reforming local aid. Before coming to the Kennedy School, Baxandall worked for the research department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, editing their flagship publication, Regional Review. He also taught political economy for eight years at Harvard’s undergraduate honors program in Social Studies, where he won six teaching awards. In 1990-91, he taught economics and organizational behavior at the University of Budapest. He has authored or co-authored academic journal articles, magazine features, and an academic book on a variety of issues in politics and economics. At U.S. PIRG, he has authored or co-authored dozens of reports, including a series examining the end of America’s driving boom, a series on infrastructure privatization, and a series on state government spending transparency.

Education: Ph.D., Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2000, B.A., Economics and College of Social Studies, Wesleyan University, 1989

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