Warren Rothe is entering his second year in Michigan State University’s Master of Public Policy program and will complete his degree in 2018. He completed his undergraduate degree in political science at Michigan State in 2017. This summer, Warren interned at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) in Washington, D.C. with the CBPP’s State Fiscal Project.
CBPP is a think tank that specializes in programs that reduce poverty at both the federal and state level. The State Fiscal Project specifically focuses on state policy issues, collaborating with a network of 42 state-level non-profits dedicated to informing and shaping policy developments primarily through budget and tax policies.
During his internship, Warren worked on a variety of research activities, including planning and implementing a research study on the composition of state income taxes, tracking budget developments in every state, assisting the research staff with management of state legislative and financial data, and writing a report on fiscal policy decisions implemented by states during the 2017 legislative session.
This research has given Warren a broad and deep understanding of policy issues in state budgets and tax codes. Furthermore, working in the nation’s capital allowed Warren to attend workshops and meet experts in various policy fields from social insurance to economic and racial segregation. He looks forward to applying this experience to his upcoming coursework, especially his quantitative-heavy research courses.
Working in state policy, albeit from a distance, solidified Warren’s desire to bring his policy knowledge and analytical skills back to his home state of Michigan, where he hopes to take his talents to the local government level. Upon graduation, Warren will continue to pursue a career in local government with the ultimate goal of becoming a city manager.