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By / 4.9.2018

WASHINGTON — Ben Ritz, director of the Center for Funding America’s Future at the Progressive Policy Institute (PPI), today released the following statement after new fiscal projections released by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) this afternoon demonstrated the enormous cost of policies adopted during the first year of Trump’s presidency: “The national debt is now on […]

By / 4.3.2018

Ecommerce has been a major job creator for less-educated workers, at a time when many of their traditional positions have been disappearing. Between 2007 and 2017, overall US employment of workers with at least a high school diploma and less than a bachelor’s degree dropped by almost 1 million jobs. That’s according to our tabulation […]

By / 3.26.2018

Is moderate Democrat turnout in recent special elections an indicator of what’s to come? It was down to the wire, but Rep. Dan Lipinski’s victory over a left-wing challenger in Illinois’ primary election this week keeps alive a moderate Democrat winning streak. Lipinski, who represents Illinois’s 3rd Congressional District, narrowly edged out challenger Marie Newman […]

By / 3.23.2018

Yesterday’s science day in a federal courtroom in San Francisco underscores the problem with the recent spate of climate change tort suits.  These lawsuits, which we recently wrote about in The Hill, seek to impose massive liability against fossil fuel producers for selling energy products, including home heating fuel and gasoline for cars, that many scientists […]

By / 3.22.2018

Under Gov. Gina Raimondo, Rhode Island is aiming to rebuild its economy — once factory-based — around advanced industries​​ such as biotech and software. With such projects as the Providence Innovation & Design District, the goal is to create good-paying jobs by attracting leading-edge companies to the state. How odd, then, that the state legislature […]

By / 3.14.2018

Although February’s bipartisan budget deal significantly increased discretionary spending, the portion of the federal budget appropriated annually by Congress remains near record-low levels. Both defense and non-defense (domestic) discretionary spending are falling relative to the size of the economy – a trend that has serious long-term implications for our nation’s ability to make critical public […]

By / 3.12.2018

I’ve been arguing that the shift to ecommerce has improved the position of workers, by increasing the number of jobs and boosting wage payments. In a nice twitter discussion last week, Jose Azar pointed out that I had not specified a counterfactual, and he was right. So here I will make up for that omission, […]

By / 3.12.2018

Donald Trump loves walls and he loves tariffs, which are walls of another kind – barriers to open trade. In his mind, walling off the outside world is the key to making America great again. From this warped perspective, his decision last week to slap tariffs on steel and aluminum imports makes perfect sense. But […]

By / 3.9.2018

There’s a lot of talk about labor monopsony these days.  But at least in ecommerce, the labor market seems to be working the old-fashioned way—booming demand for fulfillment center workers and package delivery workers is leading to sharply rising real wages. Over the past year, employment of production and nonsupervisory workers in the warehousing industry […]

By / 3.8.2018

Happy International Women’s Day! Around the world, people are celebrating the power, value, and achievement of women, while bringing attention to many gender based inequalities that continue to pervade society today. In honor of this day, we revisit a 2012 op-ed from PPI Director of Domestic & Social Policy Anne Kim, “Elect More Women to […]