Olivia Gonzalez is a research assistant for the State and Local Policy Project for the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Her research focuses on state budgets, taxes, and economic development. Her writing has appeared in U.S. News & World Report and Real Clear Policy. She earned her B.S. in economics from George Mason University, where she is currently a Ph.D. student. Gonzalez received her A.S. in business administration from Northern Virginia Community College.