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Dan Smith

Dan Smith is a tax and budget associate for the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG). He organizes support both inside and outside of Congress to end special-interest giveaways, increase budget transparency and accountability, eliminate waste, ensure that subsidies and tax breaks serve the public, and close corporate tax loopholes. Based in Washington, D.C., he lobbies elected officials, analyzes policy, and works with the media to promote fiscal policies that serve the public interest.

Smith co-authored a report with the National Taxpayers Union that put forth 56 specific deficit reduction recommendations, adding up to over $1 trillion in taxpayer savings that garner support from across the political spectrum. His expertise ranges from the corporate abuse of tax havens to the benefits of high-speed rail, and his opinions have appeared in the New York Times, USA Today, Bloomberg, and other publications.

Smith received a BA in Government with honors from Cornell University.

You can follow him on twitter @USPIRG

Blog Entries by Dan Smith

In the Public Interest: What Do Jon Stewart, Elizabeth Warren, and Barack Obama Have in Common?

Posted January 27, 2012 | 01/27/12 09:59 AM ET

It's been a big week for calling out corporate tax dodgers.

In his State of the Union speech, President Obama called for an economy where "everyone plays by the same set of rules" and where companies can't avoid taxes by shifting profits overseas. He acknowledged what we've been saying for...

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In the Public Interest: Deficit Reduction That Should Be Easy

2 Comments | Posted November 30, 2011 | 11/30/11 05:10 PM ET

Amazing. A congressional committee forms to develop a plan to reduce the deficit. The committee fails but, in the meantime, proposals in Congress to undo previously agreed to cuts and to expand tax loopholes - both of which will increase the deficit - gain steam. A Congress supposedly focused on...

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In The Public Interest : Fast Trains Don't Belong to Either Party

Posted November 10, 2010 | 11/10/10 10:35 AM ET

Now that Republicans have made substantial gains in both houses of Congress and taken the Governor's mansion in several states, pundits and passenger rail critics have been quick to write obituaries for President Obama's vision of a national high-speed network. Doing so is both premature and...

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Better Transportation Investment Creates More Jobs

Posted September 16, 2010 | 09/16/10 01:37 PM ET

With almost one in ten American workers currently unemployed, smart investment in infrastructure is an efficient way to create jobs right now. The job creation potential of infrastructure has been well-documented. Economists Mark Zandi and Alan Blinder, for example, explain in a report they coauthored that every dollar...

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