Op-eds and Articles
A new report from the Congressional Budget Office projects federal budget deficits between 2019 and 2029 to be $872 billion higher than was projected just three months ago. As a result, Donald Trump will be forced to campaign for re-election next year with his government running a trillion-dollar deficit. Democrats should hold the “king of debt” accountable […]
Watching the nation’s political leaders tie themselves in knots over minor changes in gun laws, I can’t help but wonder if America hasn’t become the “pitiful, helpless giant” Richard Nixon warned about decades ago. Nixon conjured up this arresting image to rally public support for his unpopular plan to invade Cambodia. But it seems more […]
Roman Darker, PPI Summer 2019 Intern We often take for granted the many essential tasks that require government-issued ID, such as a drivers’ license or a state-issued ID card. We need them to open a bank account, apply for a job, rent property, stay in hotels, get a P.O. box, and even for most interstate […]
The English Embrace Charter-School-Like Academies — and Learn the Free Market Is No Substitute for a Quality Authorizer by Phoebe Cribb, Summer Intern New Orleans is the first major U.S. city to convert all its traditional public schools to public charter schools. Now imagine an entire country moving in this direction. That is exactly what […]
Op-eds and Articles
Thanks to CNN’s penchant for elaborately staged political melodrama, it’s easy to dismiss Round 2 of the Democratic presidential debates last week as a lot of sound and fury signifying nothing. But amid all the sniping and squabbling, a larger theme did emerge: Democrats won’t beat an unpopular president with unpopular ideas. The pragmatic candidates […]
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.