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MPA Alumna Leads Development for Local Special Olympics Chapter

March 31 Friday 09:27 AM

Angela (MPA ‘13) doesn’t have a typical day as the Director of Marketing and Fundraising for Special Olympics Hamilton County. As a member of a small team, she often wears many hats—“there is a lot of crossover between the program and development departments,” she says, “Some days I am meeting with corporate partners, other days I am running around a soccer field.” She finds this flexibility refreshing. Many of our graduates, like Angela, don’t just work behind a desk all day.

Angela made the most of her time at the Martin School, which continues to benefit her in a number of ways. As a student, Angela recalls a nonprofit management course taught by Dr. Blanton as particularly valuable, which offered a blend of taught material and hands-on practice in developing a nonprofit plan. On the whole, the curriculum and experiences exposed Angela to the types of tools and analyses public administrators use to make difficult decisions. Our program not only honed her skills, but also gave her “a great group of friends who are always helpful in giving career and life advice!”

In her spare time, Angela stays busy traveling and taking her dogs to the park. We are always so inspired to hear about the great work our students are doing for the public good!


Dr. Agrawal Featured Expert in WalletHub Post

March 16 Thursday 01:18 PM

Dr. David Agrawal, an assistant professor for both the Martin School and the Department of Economics, has been featured in a piece published by WalletHub examining state and local taxes. The post ranks states, but also compares the varying types of taxes across states. The authors then ask a number of experts, including Dr. Agrawal, about how people respond to taxes. It's an interesting read as we approach the deadline to file taxes this year!


Dr. Denison Examines Debt Concentration in Latest Publication

February 24 Friday 11:15 AM

Dr. Denison published a new study with co-author Dr. Robert Greer from UGA in Public Budgeting & Finance. You can read the abstract below and check out the full paper online here.

Determinants of Debt Concentration at the State Level

"We examine the general factors that affect the distribution of debt among state and local governments. We measure the distribution as the percentage of total state and aggregate local debt that is issued or held by the state level of government. Using a fiscal federalism framework, we discuss the fiscal, legal, and political factors that play an important role in determining the level of government that issues debt. Findings suggest that important factors of debt concentration at the state level include state political ideology and economic factors of income per capita and unemployment rates."


Dr. Agrawal Studies Taxation in an Internet Age

February 24 Friday 01:07 PM

Many Americans these days do their shopping online-- for gifts, services, and even their groceries. However, unless the vendor has a physical location in the shopper's state, the purchaser likely isn't paying state and local sales taxes. This is because the Supreme Court has ruled that only firms with a physical presence in a state must remit state and local sales taxes. Today, as more and more consumers ​make purchases​ on​ the internet​, states are potentially missing out on an important source of revenue.

This fall, Dr. Agrawal and his co-author, Dr. Fox, discuss the challenges and possible policy solutions -- including potential federal legislation requiring all large online vendors to remit taxes such as the Marketplace Fairness Act -- in their work "Taxes in an e-commerce generation," published in International Tax and Public Finance. Their article provides a global perspective on an extremely salient topic in tax policy!


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