Wednesday, March 1, 2017

DC Gets New Think Tank: DC Policy Center

Washington, DC is getting a new state-level think tank called the DC Policy Center, a business-friendly economic policy shop to compete with the left-leaning DC Fiscal Policy Institute.

Here is more on the new think tank from the Washington City Paper:
D.C.'s real estate boom has spurred economic growth and enlivened civic debate on jobs, housing, healthcare, and education.  And that debate is about to get even richer, with the pending launch of the D.C. Policy Center.
Incubated in the offices of the Federal City Council, the prominent “citizens committee” through which the District’s business and professional community advocates for civic improvement, the center will analyze the local economy with a broad demographic focus that is distinct from the issue-based advocacy that ushered in progressive reforms during the last D.C. Council session.
It’s also bound to challenge the work of the liberal D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute, which conducts research on budget, tax, and economic issues with a particular focus on low- and moderate-income residents.

Yesim Taylor will be the executive director of the new think tank.  Previously, she was Director of Fiscal and Legislative Analysis at the DC Office of the Chief Financial Officer.  She was also a consultant to the World Bank and has been a researcher at the Urban Institute-Brookings Institution Tax Policy Center.

Here is a previous Think Tank Watch story about a former DC mayor fighting with the DC Fiscal Policy Institute (DCFPI), which, among other things, was a defender of the DC yoga tax.