The Wellesley Institute is a non-partisan research and policy institute. Our focus is research and pragmatic policy solutions on issues of population health and health disparities. We appreciate the opportunity to provide this brief to the Standing Committee on Finance. Given the mounting evidence on the economic and social impacts of inequality, we believe that it is very timely that the Finance Committee is studying this issue. We hope that this study will be the first step in a comprehensive federal policy agenda to reduce income inequality.