Scott Lilly

Scott Lilly

SCOTT LILLY is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress. He writes and conducts research in a wide range of areas including governance, federal budgeting, national security, and the economy. Prior to joining the CAP in 2004, he held a number of positions with the United States Congress including clerk and staff director of the House Appropriations Committee, executive director of the House Democratic Study Group and executive director of the Joint Economic Committee. His work is frequently cited in a number of national publications.

Recent Stories By Scott Lilly:

  • Why the State and Local Tax Deduction Actually Makes the System FairerNovember 8, 2017

    In 1985 President Reagan called for sweeping tax reform, arguing that the existing tax system treated people with “similar incomes, much differently.” The bill he eventually signed eliminated a...

  • Trump Says He’s Boosted Job Growth. The Numbers Say OtherwiseAugust 30, 2017

    Just over a year ago, while speaking the Detroit Economic Club, Donald Trump decried “the weakest so-called recovery since the Great Depression.” Cataloging the problems facing Michigan and the...

  • The Choice Congress Won’t Face Up ToAugust 18, 2013

    Back in college, I had a text book entitled “Decision by Debate.”  The underlying premise of the book was that if you had a good debate you were likely to end up with a good decision. It strikes me...

  • Boehner's Ohio Could Benefit from Earmark Amid Deep Spending CutsFebruary 14, 2011

    I was taken aback on Saturday when I learned that a package of deep cuts by House Republicans in hundreds of critically important federal programs included a $450 million increase for a Defense...

  • GOP’s Ill-Considered Approach to Spending CutsFebruary 9, 2011

    It is inevitable that there will be great controversy over how much should be cut from federal spending this year and which programs should take the brunt of those cuts.  But we should be able to...

  • Let’s Get Serious About Waste, Fraud and AbuseOctober 21, 2010

    Republicans have decided to focus their attempts to balance the budget on cutting federal employment. Problem is, the entire federal payroll (excluding the Postal Service) is less than $150 billion...

  • Lessons Learned from the Recovery ActApril 2, 2010

    Early last July, House Minority Leader John Boehner borrowed two bloodhounds and made a commercial entitled “Where are the Jobs?” He clearly got his answer this morning. Both the household and...

  • It Takes Two to TangoFebruary 18, 2010

    The world would be a much better place if Larry Haas's prediction that important progress will come from compromise policies with congressional Republicans were true. It would not only mean that we...

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