Stephen Moore, the Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Project for Economic Growth, at The Heritage Foundation, will discuss taxes and what it will take to spur growth in New Jersey at GSI's Economic Policy Forum on May 2. He formerly wrote on the economy and public policy for The Wall Street Journal.
This policy event, focused on original tax research by GSI, will include presentations by Moore and James W. Wetzler, a former Director at Deloitte Tax LLP in New York City. He served as the Chief Economist to the Joint Committee on Taxation in Washington D.C., and has been New York’s Commissioner of Taxation and Finance.
Deborah Kostroun, a former Wall Street reporter for Bloomberg Television, will moderate the forum, which will include N.J. business and government leaders. She is the Managing Director of Zito Partners, a leading communications firm. In her 13 years with Bloomberg, she reported from the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange and covered major financial stories including the Great Recession and bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers.
Moore was previously the founder and president of the Club for Growth, which raises money for political candidates who favor free-market economic policies. As a senior economics fellow at the Cato Institute, he published dozens of studies on federal and state fiscal policy.
During the 2016 presidential campaign, he served as senior economic advisor to Donald Trump and helped draft early versions of the Trump tax plan. He is currently a senior economics analyst at CNN and author of “Fueling Freedom: Exposing the Mad War on Energy.“
Jim Wetzler was appointed by President Clinton to review the restructuring of the Internal Revenue Service, served on the Obama-Biden transition team, and was appointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to his Tax Reform and Fairness Commission (2012-13), Tax Relief Commission (2013) and NY SMART (Saving More to Achieve Richer Tomorrows) Commission (2016).
He earned his Ph. D. in Economics from Harvard University and graduated summa cum laude from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a champion fencer.
He is widely published on various tax topics, including “Taxation of Millionaires in New York” in State Tax Notes in 2016.
Please contact Maureen Sullivan at MSullivan@gardenstateinitiative.org for more details.