Bruce Fisher is the founding director of the Center for Economic and Policy Studies at Buffalo State College, where he is visiting professor of Economics. He lives in Buffalo, New York, where he served as deputy county executive from 2000 to 2007 and deputy City comptroller from 1996 to 1999. He was Research Director for Citizens for Tax Justice, and spent a decade in Washington as a speechwriter and consultant for Democrats including the late Senator Paul Simon, Senator Joseph Biden (presidential campaign 1987), Senator Carol Moseley Braun and then-Governor Bill Clinton. He wrote Growth and Equity: Tax Policy Challenges for the 1990s (Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy: Washington, 1990). His essays and op-eds have been published in Artvoice, the Chicago Reader, the New York Times, the LA Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Albany Times-Union, the Hartford Courant and other newspapers and magazines. Bruce Fisher writes a weekly column on policy for Artvoice. He is also a commentator for the National Public Radio affiliate in Buffalo. He received his law degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and his BA and MA in history from the University of Illinois in Chicago, where he was a University Fellow.