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Brendan McDermott

Brendan McDermott is a Fiscal Policy Analyst with the Progressive Policy Institute's Center for Funding America’s Future. Before joining PPI, Brendan worked on Capitol Hill with Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE) and the Democratic staff of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. Brendan earned his B.A. in Economics at the George Washington University and his M.A. in Applied Economics at Georgetown University.

Writings

Blog

By / 12.20.2019

Read the piece on Medium.com.  At last night’s Democratic presidential debate, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg once again criticized Senators Warren and Sanders for proposing to provide free public college tuition to all students, even if they come from wealthy families. “Yes, we must deliver big ideas, and yes, taxes on wealthy individuals and on […]

Publications

By and / 7.25.2019

PPI’s Progressive Budget for Equitable Growth gives the next administration a framework for investing in our country that doesn’t stick young Americans with the bill. It powers the engines of American innovation by increasing investments in infrastructure, education, and scientific research by more than 70 percent relative to what they would be under current law. […]

Publications

By and / 12.19.2018

Economists from Adam Smith onward have understood that free markets don’t exist or thrive in a state of nature. They are nestled within a framework of governance that defends societies against outside threats, writes and enforces common laws, and provides public goods – those that all people need but that private actors would have little […]