Phillip Oliff is a senior manager for Pew’s fiscal federalism initiative and student loan research project. In that capacity, he leads a team exploring the fiscal and policy relationships between the federal and state governments on a variety of topics, including how federal budget and tax changes could affect states, and the role that federal and state finances play in higher education, surface transportation, and other areas. Oliff also manages a team of researchers focused on the challenges of and possible solutions for student loan defaults and veterans’ higher education debt.
Oliff previously was a policy analyst at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, where he authored reports on topics including education finance, state tax policy, states’ post-recession fiscal conditions, and the impact of emergency federal aid on state budgets. He served as a Hugh L. Carey fellow with the New York State Division of the Budget, focusing on education finance and property tax reform.
Oliff holds a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University’s College of Social Studies and a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
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The tax law passed by Congress in 2017 placed a $10,000 cap on the state and local tax (SALT) deduction, which allows filers who itemize to subtract state and local property and sales or income taxes from their federal taxable income. Policymakers across the country are examining this new cap’s potential impact on states, but much of that attention has concentrated on a handful of coastal... Read More
About two-thirds of federal grant dollars to the states—67 percent—were for Medicaid in 2017, by far the largest category of grants. While funding for this health care program for low-income families and individuals topped the list in all but one state, the mix of funding among the other grant categories varied from state to state. Read More
Now that last year’s tax overhaul is the law of the land, its impact is spilling out beyond the nation’s capital to state governments. While the law is certain to affect state finances, the details are complicated and vary by state, and the effect on any given state remains to be seen. To help clarify this tangled set of issues, here are two key considerations for states as they take... Read More