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Paul Weinstein

Paul Weinstein Jr. is a PPI senior fellow and from 2005 to 2009 served as the organization’s chief operating officer. Weinstein is currently the Director of the MA in Public Management program at Johns Hopkins University and a consultant to the Promontory Interfinancial Network, a leading fintech firm. A veteran of two Presidential Administrations, he was senior advisor to the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform (Simpson-Bowles), which was created by President Obama to address the nation’s mid- and long-term fiscal challenges. Weinstein formerly served as Special Assistant to the President and chief of staff of the White House Domestic Policy Council, and then later as senior advisor for policy planning to the Vice President during the Clinton-Gore Administration.

Mr. Weinstein has taught at The Johns Hopkins University since 2003, and has also lectured at Columbia University and Georgetown University. He is co-author of the textbook, The Art of Policy Making (now in its second edition). His writing also has appeared in The Boston Globe, The Baltimore Sun, New York Newsday, Forbes, Investors Business Daily, and Politico among others.

Before joining the Clinton administration, Weinstein served as a legislative aide to former Representative C. Thomas McMillen (D-MD) and then-Senator Albert Gore Jr. (D-TN).

Writings

Blog

By / 3.19.2015

Time Magazine (courtesy of the New America Foundation) recently re-published a new way to rank NCAA tournament winners according to their graduation success rates. According to the Time bracket, some pretty prestigious academic universities fair pretty poorly. Harvard, Georgetown, Texas, Wisconsin, and UCLA all lose in the first round followed by Virginia in round two. […]

Other

By / 9.17.2014

The American higher education system is the finest in the world. Our universities and colleges are unmatched, and we have more highly rated schools than all of our competitors combined. Students from across the globe continue to flock to American universities, while the competition among U.S. students for slots at our elite schools is tougher […]

Other

By / 8.5.2014

Like so many issues in Washington these days, the debate over what to do with the nation’s housing Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSE)—Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac—has been caught up in the Jihad against the role of government in any form. That’s a shame because last spring, with the announcement from Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim […]

Op-eds and Articles

By and / 4.15.2014

Over the last week, as you’ve raced to file your taxes by the deadline today, you’ve no doubt been bombarded on talk radio, cable TV, and the opinion pages about how complex and anti-growth the federal income tax system has become. Tax reform is indeed long overdue, but it’s not just the federal code that […]

Other

By / 4.9.2014

Across the political spectrum there is broad agreement that tax reform is long overdue. Yet reform remains an elusive goal—not just in Washington, but also at the state level. Ideological standoffs, the excessive influence of special interests, the impending midterm elections, and mistrust of government are just some of the road blocks to reform. This […]

Blog

By / 3.12.2014

The housing sector is one of the pillars of the U.S. economy. That’s why we have marveled at the many partisan and radical proposals to reform the federal housing finance system that would have trashed both what’s good and what’s bad with the current system. PPI continues to maintain that any reform proposal must stabilize […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 11.25.2013

Talked about for years, a high speed rail service for the Northeast may be on its way at last, with the Federal Railroad Administration expected to approve an overhaul of the tracks. It may seem improbable, but the odds that faster trains are coming to the Northeast Corridor have jumped recently. That’s because beginning in […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 8.22.2013

Our tax code is broken. It’s a simple fact, yet year after year our government leaders fail to address it. Meanwhile, the consequences of the overly complex and poorly designed system are felt by middle-class families and entrepreneurs alike. They benefit little from the existing array of incentives and loopholes, which are mainly targeted to […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 8.7.2013

Our tax code is broken. It’s a simple fact that nearly everyone agrees on, yet year after year our government leaders fail to address it. Meanwhile, the consequences of the overly complex and poorly designed system are felt by middle-class families and entrepreneurs. They benefit little from the existing array of incentives and loopholes, which […]

Other

By / 7.29.2013

Overhauling the federal tax system is one of the most important steps U.S. political leaders can take to promote economic growth and fairness. It is also that rarest of issues in today’s Washington—one that commands broad support on both sides of the political aisle. For these reasons, the Progressive Policy Institute urges the White House […]