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Meg Wiehe, MPA Biography

State Tax Policy Director for the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP)
Pro to the question "Should the Government Allow a Path to Citizenship for Undocumented Immigrants?"

“Creating a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States and allowing them to work here legally would boost their current state and local tax contributions by more than $2.1 billion a year… Personal income tax collections would increase by more than $1 billion a year. Sales and excise taxes would increase by $695 million, and property taxes would grow by $360 million. As a result, the overall state and local taxes paid by undocumented immigrants as a share of their income would increase by 8 percent to 8.6 percent.”

Cowritten with Matthew Gardner and Lisa Christensen Gee, “Undocumented Immigrants’ State & Local Tax Contributions,”, Feb. 2016

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • State Tax Policy Director, ITEP, May 2010-present
  • Policy Analyst, North Carolina Budget and Tax Center, Sep. 2006-May 2010
  • Special Projects Coordinator, Boston Museum Project, June 2002-June 2005
  • Public Relations and Office Coordinator, Charles River Watershed Association, Sep. 2001-June 2002
  • AmeriCorps Program Director, Massachusetts Community Water Watch, July 2000-Sep. 2001
  • MPA, Maxwell School at Syracuse University, 2006
  • BA, Anthropology, University of Virginia, 1998
  • Twitter handle: @MegWiehe
Quoted in:
  1. Do Undocumented Immigrants Pay Their "Fair Share" of Taxes?
  2. Are Mass Deportations a Good Method to Address Illegal Immigration?
  3. Is Illegal Immigration an Economic Burden to America?