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Paul Weinstein Jr.

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).


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 […]


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 […]


By / 6.27.2013

According to an article in Politico, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) and Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-UT) are releasing a letter to their colleagues to inform them that the Committee will adopt the approach of the Simpson-Bowles Commission’s “Zero Plan”.  Under the “Zero Plan,” lawmakers eliminate all individual and corporate tax expenditures and reduce […]

Op-eds and Articles

By and / 4.10.2013

It’s that time of year again – tax time – when Americans are reminded of everything that’s wrong with the federal tax system. It is fiendishly complicated. It is riddled with regressive breaks and loopholes and doesn’t actually raise enough revenue to finance the government. It distorts economic decisions and puts U.S. firms at a disadvantage against foreign competitors who pay lower […]

PPI In the News

PPI Senior Fellow Paul Weinstein was a guest on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal discussing the role that the recommendations of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility & Reform (also known as the “Simpson-Bowles Commission”) are playing in the ongoing negotiations on averting the “fiscal cliff.” Watch Paul Weinstein here.  


By and / 4.12.2011

Read the Policy Memo As the ideological battles between the House Republicans and the President over discretionary spending continue to dominate news headlines, the real progress toward defusing America’s debt crisis is occurring more quietly in the Senate. There, a bipartisan group known as the “Gang of Six” has rallied behind the balanced blueprint produced […]