Vanessa Williamson

Vanessa Williamson is a senior fellow in governance studies at the Brookings Institution. She studies the politics of redistribution, with a focus on attitudes about taxation and is the author of “Read My Lips: Why Americans Are Proud to Pay Taxes.”

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Monday, January 28, 2019
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's 70 Percent Tax on the Rich Isn't About Revenue, It's About Decreasing Inequality
Asked earlier in January by “60 Minutes,” how she might pay for a Green New Deal, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez noted that top marginal tax rates in the mid-20th century were “as high as 60 percent or 70 percent.” A slew of articles have since debated whether higher tax rates would actually raise...
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