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MSPC welcomes top research analyst as VP and Director of Research

Updated: Dec 28, 2023

The nation’s fastest-growing free market think tank – Mountain States Policy Center (MSPC) – added to its staff today with the hiring of Jason Mercier as Vice President & Director of Research.

“Jason is recognized in the Northwest and nationally as one of the nation’s top budget and tax analysts,” said Chris Cargill, the President and CEO of Mountain States Policy Center. “His non-partisan approach to research and good public policy based on free markets will help advance our mission and improve lives in our region.”

Mercier’s experience in the free market think tank world dates back two decades. He has worked for both the Washington Policy Center and the Freedom Foundation, and is a Fellow with the national Better Cities Project. He is also a member of the State Tax Advisory Board for the Tax Foundation. In 2008, Mercier worked with lawmakers in Washington state to create the state’s renowned budget transparency website

“Non-partisan policy based on facts and not emotion is just what the country needs right now and MSPC is well positioned to help advance the debate in a constructive and respectful way,” Mercier said.

Mountain States Policy Center is a non-profit, non-partisan research center that provides free market solutions to successfully grow the region. It concentrates its work in Idaho, Eastern Washington, Montana and Wyoming – one of the first organizations of its kind to cover multiple states.

“MSPC has demonstrated a commitment to engaging in the policy debate the right way and I’m ready to help build on the dedication to federalism and a regional focus,” Mercier added. He’ll start at MSPC on July 1st.

MSPC’s mission is to empower those in the Mountain States to succeed through non-partisan, quality research that promotes free enterprise, individual liberty and limited government.

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