U.S. PIRG Education Fund Staff

Phineas Baxandall
Senior Analyst for Tax & Budget Policy
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Phineas Baxandall is the Senior Policy Analyst for Tax and Budget issues for U.S. PIRG Education Fund. Mr. Baxandall is a leading expert in his field and has appeared on numerous talk shows and conducted studio interviews and debates for outlets such as CNN, MSNBC, Fox and PBS. His op-eds have appeared in dozens of newspapers across the country and he has been quoted in numerous publications such as the New York Times and the Economist. He often presents at conferences and has been invited to testify before state legislatures, Congress, and the U.S. Department of Transportation. His blogs appear often on the National Journal Transportation Expert blog and on Huffington Post. He serves on the executive board of the transportation coalition Transportation for America, as well as the privatization study group, In the Public Interest.

Mr. Baxandall's research publications include: "Finding Solutions to Fund Transit: Combining Accountability And New Resources For World Class Public Transportation," "Sunshine for California: Shining Light On Corporate Tax Secrecy For Healthier State Budgets, Investments and Markets," "Road Privatization: Explaining the Trend, Assessing the Facts, and Protecting the Public," "A Better Way to Go: Meeting America's 21st Century Transportation Challenges with Modern Public Transit," "Squandering the Stimulus: An Analysis of Household Gas Spending, Economic Stimulus Checks, and the Need for Better Transportation Options," "How and Why to Fund Public Transportation," "Private Roads, Public Costs," "Transparency.gov 2.0," "What We Learned From the Stimulus," "The Right Track: Building a 21st Century High-Speed Rail System for America," "Following the Money: How 50 States Provide Access to Online Data on Government Spending," "Out of the Shadows: Massachusetts Quasi-Public Agencies and the Need for Transparency," “Road Work Ahead: Holding America Accountable for Fixing America’s Crumbling Roads and Bridges,” “High-Speed Rail: Public, Private or Both? Assessing the Prospects, Promise and Pitfalls of Public-Private Partnerships,” “Do Roads Pay for Themselves? Setting the Record Straight on Transportation Funding,” “Tax-Increment Financing: The Need for Transparency and Accountability in Economic Development Subsidies,” and “Caution: Red Light Cameras Ahead: The Risks of Privatizing Traffic Law Enforcement and How to Protect the Public.”

Mr. Baxandall previously worked at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government where he assisted in directing the Taubman Center for State and Local Government as well as the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston. In that capacity he assisted the city of Somerville, Massachusetts with performance management and best-practice budgeting, as well as serving as a technical advisor for the Massachusetts Metropolitan Mayors’ Coalition report on reforming local aid. Before coming to the Kennedy School, Baxandall worked for the research department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, editing their flagship publication, Regional Review. He also taught political economy for eight years at Harvard’s undergraduate honors program in Social Studies, where he won six teaching awards. In 1990-91, he taught economics and organizational behavior at the University of Budapest. He has authored or co-authored several reports, academic journal articles, magazine features, and an academic book on a variety of issues in politics and economics.

Education: Ph.D., Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2000, B.A., Economics and College of Social Studies, Wesleyan University, 1989.

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