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Harry Stein

Director, Fiscal Policy

Expertise: Federal budget, the appropriations process, tax policy, national security, tax reform

Harry Stein is the Director of Fiscal Policy at the Center for American Progress. His work focuses on the tax and spending choices within the federal budget, and he has written extensively about topics including appropriations, tax expenditures, and the budget outlook. Prior to joining the Center, he worked as a legislative assistant to Sen. Herb Kohl (D-WI). His portfolio included the federal budget, tax policy, and national security, including Sen. Kohl’s work on the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. In that position, Stein spearheaded successful efforts to permanently extend the tax credit for employer-provided child care and to compensate troops who had been wrongfully denied benefits that they earned in connection with overseas deployments.

Stein has appeared on radio and television stations including MSNBC, CNBC, and BBC World Service, and he has published opinion pieces in outlets such as Reuters, The Guardian, and Roll Call. His work has been cited by publications including The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and The New Yorker, and he has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Politico, and many other major news sources.

Stein is an experienced tax professional and volunteers his time to prepare tax returns for low-income clients through the DC Earned Income Tax Credit Campaign. He received his bachelor’s degree in political science and psychology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.