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The Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) teamed up with Columbia University’s Richard Paul Richman Center for Business, Law, and Public Policy to co-host a compelling symposium Nov. 6-7 in New York on revitalizing the U.S. economy. The event featured a distinguished roster of Richman Center economists and scholars, as well as PPI analysts and special guests, […]

The New Democrat Coalition sees opportunities this fall on taxes, trade, Medicare and others. by Lauren French, POLITICO In the hierarchy of the House, moderate Democrats — a minority in a party already deep in the minority — should be totally powerless. But a group of pro-business Democrats, who allied with President Barack Obama and […]

On Wednesday, PPI hosted a lunch event at the National Press Club, “Progressives for Innovation and Growth: A Transatlantic Conversation,” on the economic challenge facing center-left parties. There, Chuka Umanna–Labour MP for Streatham and UK Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills– gave the following keynote address: Thank you so much to Will […]

Progressive Policy Institute President Will Marshall today released the following statement after the announcement of a landmark nuclear agreement between the United States, Iran, and five other world powers: “Even before today’s nuclear deal with Iran was struck, President Obama’s critics accused him of giving away the store. Now the burden of proof falls on […]

By / 6.17.2015

In this year’s NBA Finals, LeBron James cemented his reputation as one of the greatest basketball players of all time­—becoming the first player in Finals history to lead both teams in points, rebounds, and assists in every game, and averaging an astounding 35.8 points, 13.3 rebounds, and 8.8 assists for the six-game series. In addition […]

By / 5.23.2015

PPI applauds the Senate for passing Trade Promotion Authority and taking a key step in assuring that America continues to be a global leader in crafting strong, progressive trade rules that will help grow our economy and support good jobs—while also advancing important American values. As PPI has detailed in recent reports on the Administration’s […]

By / 5.6.2015

Should progressives focus more on promoting growth, or fostering redistribution? The unfortunate fact is that we live in an era of weak productivity growth.  That means growth policies to encourage investment and innovation are essential for broad prosperity. Based on today’s release from the BLS, ten-year productivity growth has now plunged to 1.4%, the lowest level since […]

In an op-ed for The Atlantic, Governor Jack Markell (D-Del.) argues that instead of raging against a “rigged” system, Democrats should work together with business to build an economy that distributes its benefits more broadly. The bottom line is that private enterprise creates the primary condition for reducing poverty and want: economic growth. Governments don’t create […]

In an op-ed today for U.S. News & World Report, Andrew Rotherham, cofounder and partner at Bellwether Education Partners, intriguingly argues that the best school reform idea is to fix the gerrymandering of legislative districts: One of the interesting things about my job is that wealthy people ask me for ideas about how best to use their resources to […]

By / 3.4.2015

Today, the House New Democrat Coalition unveiled a comprehensive, pro-growth policy agenda.  After suffering enormous losses in the last two midterm elections, Democrats need a new strategy for recapturing Congress.  Such a strategy should aim at winning back competitive districts, largely in suburban America, and it would target moderate voters, without whom the party cannot build […]