This report is a case study of why global trade rules are vital to Washington State, one of America’s most trade-reliant states. Our report explains how Washington’s economy, exporters, and workers prosper under rules-based trade, particularly the World Trade Organization (WTO) and its system for settling trade disputes. By contrast, unilateral approaches to trade—like current […]
PPI Calls for Bolder, Innovative Initiatives to Bridge Modern Skills Gap To close America’s skills gap and allow tens of millions of displaced Americans to join the dynamic economy, progressives need bolder, more innovative initiatives. WASHINGTON— The Progressive Policy Institute is calling for a more aggressive approach to bridging America’s skills gap following House […]
House Democrats yesterday introduced major legislation to reauthorize the landmark Higher Education Act. Although reauthorization is long overdue, the new legislation, called the College Affordability Act, proposes mainly marginal improvements to a broken higher education financing system. Moreover, it doesn’t do enough to help people who don’t go to college – the majority of young Americans […]
Those viewing and participating in the fourth Democratic debate should ignore the spin, and cut right to the chase. Trump’s Ukraine-gate outrages are about exactly the same thing Watergate was: A corrupt President of the United States illegally attempting to destroy the Democratic presidential candidate he most fears will beat him for re-election. Remember the […]
IRS Free File and VITA programs should be improved not discarded. According to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), 90 percent of taxpayers hire paid tax preparers or utilize tax preparation software to file their taxes. For low-income families the cost of tax preparation can significantly reduce the value of their refunds. A 2016 study by […]
America’s challenge is to create a high-quality, low-cost health system for all. Innovation is the key. PPI’s Health Innovation Project highlights new ideas for creating a distinctively American approach to universal coverage and high-quality health care – one that is decentralized, powered by the ingenuity of our inventors, entrepreneurs and workers, and disciplined by both market competition and strong public oversight.
The PPI Center for Funding America’s Future works to promote a fiscally responsible public investment agenda that fosters robust and inclusive economic growth. We tackle issues of public finance in the United States and offer innovative proposals to strengthen the foundation of our economy and build shared prosperity.
Technological innovation is the main force driving job creation, productivity growth, and living standards. Progressives should aim to stimulate public and private investment in new enterprises and diffuse innovation across the entire economy.
With Washington stalemated by partisanship and polarization, the most important governing innovations today are happening in America’s metro regions. PPI advocates for a new “progressive federalism” that decentralizes political power and resources to metro leaders.
PPI’s Going Local project works with progressive Mayors and metro leaders around the country to furnish answers to these questions. In a series of brainstorming sessions, we are gathering inspiring stories of metro governing success, and identifying ways that the federal and state governments make success more difficult. Ultimately, the project will develop a concrete action agenda for a new progressive federalism – specific recommendations for policy changes at the federal and state level that can empower local leaders. Another key goal is to encourage metro leaders to take collective political action to become a more cohesive force for pragmatic reforms.
An open global economy boosts U.S. growth, supports good jobs, and enhances the buying power of American consumers. PPI advances policies that help American producers and workers to tap into global commerce, while assuring that trade’s substantial benefits are more broadly shared.
America needs a 21st century model of public education geared to the knowledge economy. Charter schools are showing the way, because they provide autonomy for schools, accountability for results, and parental choice among schools tailored to the diverse learning styles of children.
America’s civil justice system is a “public good” that should produce predictable, accurate and just results. The PPI Center for Civil Justice seeks to defend the integrity of our legal system from litigation abuse and efforts to bypass legislatures to make policy in the courts.
Regulatory accumulation – the relentless layering of new rules atop old ones over decades – can smother economic innovation and investment. Continuously improving the regulatory environment for entrepreneurship and growth is integral to progressive efforts to make government work better.
PPI’s Domestic and Social Policy Project seeks to develop a new framework aimed at helping ordinary Americans get ahead in a rapidly changing digital economy.
America must innovate its way to clean growth. Rejecting both climate denial and fantasies of 100 percent renewable power, we need a realistic transition to a low-carbon economy that taps next generation nuclear technology and carbon capture techniques as well as wind, solar and water power.