Max Sawicky

Max B. Sawicky is an economist for the Economic Policy Institute. He has worked in the Office of State and Local Finance of the U.S. Treasury Department and the U.S. Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations.

Mr. Sawicky has studied and written about the economics of public finance, including the federal budget, tax policy, the U.S. federal system, state and local finance, privatization, and welfare reform. His reports for the Economic Policy Institute include: "The Roots of the Public Sector Fiscal Crisis"; "The Poverty of the New Paradigm"; and "Up From Deficit Reduction." He is a co-author (with Craig Richards and Rima Shore) of Risky Business: Private Management of Public Schools, and editor of The End of Welfare? Consequences of Federal Devolution for the Nation.

Mr. Sawicky has been a contributor to USA Today, Newsday, the Newark Star-Ledger, the Austin-American Statesman, the San Diego News-Tribune, the Cincinatti Enquirer, the Houston Chronicle, the Dayton Daily News, In These Times, Challenge, the Progressive Populist, Dollars and Sense, Dissent, Aging Today, Social Policy, Jobs and Capital, Education Digest, the School Administrator, Social Forces, Intellectual Capital, the Review of Radical Political Economics, New Economy, and the New Zealand Journal of Industrial Relations. He is an at-large national board member of Americans for Democratic Action.

Mr. Sawicky received a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland at College Park. He currently resides with his wife and daughter in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Recent Articles

How Do You Spell Relief?

B ig tax cuts are in the offing. The high priests of fiscal discipline find their flocks deserting, egged on by President George W. Bush, the GOP, and the Janus-faced Federal Reserve Board chairman. But who will get the benefit? Critics of Bush's tax-cut plan in both parties appear to be at something of a loss to propose alternatives that aren't slightly souped-up versions of Vice President Al Gore's proposals or scaled-down versions of Bush's. The possibility of tax cuts that are big and good at the same time seems to elude them, and time is running out. Bush insists that it's only fair to give the most tax relief to the rich because they have most of the income and hence pay most of the income taxes. But this formulation leaves out the biggest tax paid by workers of moderate income--the payroll tax, which Bush would leave untouched. Because most workers with incomes under $35,000 pay little or no income tax, Bush's plan gives them little or no relief. Put payroll-tax relief on the...