R.J. Cross is a policy analyst focusing on tax and budget policy, government transparency, consumer protection and democratic reform. She was the lead co-author of Driving Into Debt, which documented the recent rise in indebtedness for cars, earning coverage on American Public Media’s Marketplace and on CNBC. She also wrote one of the first national reports examining spending transparency in special taxing districts, which was covered in Governing magazine (Following the Money 2017). She joined Frontier Group in 2016 after having graduated from the University of Kansas with degrees in English and economics. In addition to her current home of Boston, R.J. has lived in Denver and southern California, and will always consider herself a Kansan at heart.