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Policy Advisor Indivar Dutta-Gupta to Lecture on Poverty in America

Indivar Dutta-Gupta, a policy advisor with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) in Washington, will give a talk at Washington and Lee University of Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in Northen Auditorium in Leyburn Library.

The title of Dutta-Gupta’s talk, which is free and open to the public, is “Poverty in America: Why Taxes and Spending Matter.”

Dutta-Gupta’s talk will focus on current controversies regarding the benefits and costs of social spending for the disadvantaged population in the U.S. The CBPP is one of the most well-known agencies for policy analysis and advocacy for poor and near poor Americans. The talk will be both informative and provocative for those interested in the current political and policy debate about taxes, the deficit and social spending.

Dutta-Gupta, whose work primarily focuses on federal budget and tax policies and low-income issues, joined the Center as policy advisor in January 2011. Prior to joining the Center, Dutta-Gupta was a staff member with the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support. While there, he developed and worked to enact safety net and social insurance policies, as well as low-income tax policies, with a focus on poverty measurement, unemployment insurance, refundable tax credits and the distributional impact of policies pricing greenhouse gases.

Previously, Dutta-Gupta consulted for the Center for American Progress, where he co-authored From Poverty to Prosperity: A National Strategy to Cut Poverty in Half.  He has also consulted for Freedman Consulting L.L.C., on anti-poverty policy. As a 2005-2006 Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellow, Dutta-Gupta worked on Food Stamp (now called SNAP) outreach and advocacy for D.C. Hunger Solutions before joining the Center for American Progress as a researcher for the Task Force on Poverty. He has also worked on issues ranging from energy and housing to national security and international development.

Dutta-Gupta received his A.B. from the University of Chicago and is a Harry S. Truman Scholar.

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