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Anne Kim

Anne Kim is a Vice President of Domestic Policy at The Progressive Policy Institute (PPI). She has written extensively on a wide range of issues in economic and social policy, with a particular emphasis on economic mobility, poverty, middle class opportunity and the intersection of policy and politics. Prior to her current role at PPI, Anne was Senior Writer at the nonprofit public policy magazine Washington Monthly, where she remains a contributing editor. She was also Director of the Economic Program at the think tank Third Way and founded and directed the organization’s Social Policy and Politics Program. Anne has also worked as legislative director and deputy chief of staff to Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN) and as Senior Policy Strategist at Prosperity Now (formerly the Corporation for Enterprise Development). She also spent six years in private practice as a corporate transactions lawyer before turning to public policy. Anne’s writings have appeared in a variety of publications, including the Washington Monthly, Atlantic.com, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Politico, The American Interest, Democracy, and The Hill. She has also appeared on C-SPAN, CNBC, CNN and Fox and is currently working on a book on youth policy to be published by the New Press. In addition to her work at PPI, Anne is also a Senior Fellow for the Aspen Institute’s Initiative on Financial Security and Editorial Advisor to TradeVistas, a project of the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Anne has a bachelor’s in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a law degree from Duke University.

Writings

Op-eds and Articles

By / 6.27.2019

In 1901, a Colorado Springs dentist named Frederick McKay noticed many of his patients had peculiarly mottled brown teeth — but far fewer cavities than the norm. The cause, Dr. McKay determined after years of investigation, was high levels of natural fluoride in the town’s water. His discovery eventually led to the widespread fluoridation of […]

Other

By / 6.26.2019

For many Americans, one traffic ticket could be all it takes to derail their financial security — and perhaps even their livelihood. Loathe to raise taxes, many states and cities are increasingly relying on fines and fees — whether for traffic offenses, court costs or misdemeanors such as littering — to fill their coffers. The amounts demanded are often exorbitant, and […]

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By / 6.17.2019

President Donald Trump staked his successful claim to the U.S. presidency with his appeal to the discontents of blue-collar America — i.e., non-college-educated Americans who have perhaps been the hardest hit by globalization and technological change. The same voters are the target of some of Trump’s Democratic 2020 challengers, most notably former Vice President Joe […]

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By / 6.7.2019

Few jobs in politics might be tougher than to be a moderate member of Congress. Moderates typically hail from competitive districts, which means they enter office with targets on their backs from an opposition eager to wrest away their seats. And unlike their colleagues in safely blue or red seats, they must juggle the concerns […]

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By / 5.13.2019

Corporate profits are soaring. Yet Americans’ paychecks are inching upward by comparison. It’s no wonder many Americans feel anxious despite an economy that, by the numbers, is booming. This disconnect between shareholders’ prosperity and workers’ precarity has led many on the progressive left to question the very future of capitalism. Some 2020 presidential candidates, such […]

Publications

By / 5.2.2019

Americans are fed up seeing corporate profits soaring even as their paychecks inch upward by comparison. Companies need stronger incentives to share their prosperity with workers – something the 2017 GOP tax package should have included. Though President Donald Trump promised higher wages as one result of his corporate tax cuts, the biggest winners were […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 4.30.2019

As the idea of “free college” gains popularity, Virginia and Iowa are instead focused on career and technical education. In the midst of record low unemployment, many states are nonetheless struggling with ongoing skills gaps — shortages of workers with the right skills for in-demand jobs. At the start of 2019, according to the Department […]

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By / 3.21.2019

Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently drew big cheers at the South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas, earlier this month when she dissed the views of political moderates as “misplaced.” “Moderate is not a stance. It’s just an attitude towards life of, like, ‘meh,’” she told a standing-room only crowd. “The ‘meh’ is worshipped now […]

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By / 3.4.2019

Emboldened by their conviction that the national zeitgeist is on their side, the progressive left is taking a harder line against House Democrats reluctant to embrace their agenda. Groups like the Justice Democrats, for instance, have signaled their intent to primary moderate members who don’t espouse signature liberal efforts such as the “Green New Deal” […]

Publications

By / 2.26.2019

As many as 41 million Americans live in “higher education deserts” – at least half an hour’s drive from the nearest college or university and with limited access to community college. Many of these deserts are in rural America, which is one reason so much of rural America is less prosperous than it deserves to […]