Iris Lav

Iris J. Lav is a senior adviser to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and former deputy director of the center.

Recent Articles

Loosening Fiscal Straitjackets

Proponents say that caps on taxing and spending enhance democracy. In reality, they destroy accountable government -- but that can be changed.

When Justice Louis Brandeis famously called states "laboratories of democracy," he might not have envisioned the out-of-control monstrosities that those laboratories sometimes produce. Case in point: caps or formula-based limits on revenues and spending that many states have adopted over the last three decades, which have undermined public services and stymied activist government.