Paul Merski

Paul Merski

Paul Merski is group executive vice president, congressional relations and strategy for the Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA). Merski leads ICBA’s congressional relations teams and oversees ICBA’s legislative and political action committee initiatives.

Merski has more than 30 years of experience in legislative and economic policy development and analysis for some of the most prominent organizations in Washington, D.C. Before joining ICBA in 1999, Merski served on Capitol Hill as the chief economist for the Joint Economic Committee and as senior tax and banking policy advisor to Senator Connie Mack (R-Fla.). Merski also was director of fiscal policy for Citizens for a Sound Economy, director of fiscal affairs for the Tax Foundation and served as an economist for the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis.

A frequent speaker at industry events, Merski is often quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Politico, American Banker, The Hill, and other trade publications and has appeared on the Fox Business Network and Bloomberg Television. Merski received a BA in economics from The Catholic University of America, completed graduate work in economics at George Washington University and earned an MBA with top honors from George Mason University.
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Paul Merski joins Jim Blasingame to report on a concerted effort by community banks to encourage Congress to allow for expensing of payroll covered by PPP, and avoid legal jeopardy with employees and customers upon reopening.
Paul Merski joins Jim Blasingame to report on state community bank organizations and Independent Community Banks of America (ICBA) encouraging Congress to take specific steps to help small businesses with their PPP loans.
Paul Merski joins Jim Blasingame to report on the amazing job community banks performed under extreme duress during the initial coronavirus shutdown, by fulfilling 66% of all Paycheck Protection Program loans.