Michael Mazerov, Gerry Norlander, Eric Kingson

August 2, 2012. FPI’s Frank Mauro spoke with Michael Mazerov, Senior Fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, who has written extensively on ways to close state corporate income tax loopholes and broaden state sales taxation of services. He also analyzes federal legislation that affects state taxing powers and has blown the whistle on a number of attempts by large corporations to secure special interest legislation to undercut state taxing powers. They discussed a federal bill – the Marketplace Fairness Act – that would actually assist state and local governments in collecting taxes that are due but frequently go uncollected.

Gerry Norlander, Executive Director of the Public Utility Law Project, has been with PULP since 1989, participating in regulatory and judicial proceedings on behalf of utility consumers and writing articles on related issues. Norlander blogs on current issues related to energy and telecommunications. He talked about the way that residential consumers are (and should be) represented in rate setting and other proceedings – in particular, describing a current price fixing case involving the Constellation Energy Commodities Group.

Eric Kingson, professor of social work at Syracuse University whose career includes serving as policy adviser to two presidential commissions, discussed his work as co-director of Social Security Works. He described current threats to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, and about the resources and opportunities available to people who want to become more engaged in the discussion of related issues.