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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.

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Publications

By and / 3.17.2020

The outbreak of COVID-19, caused by the novel coronavirus, has created a global market downturn and put the United States on track for its first recession since the 2008 financial crisis. Quarantines, social distancing, and other proactive measures that are necessary to contain the pandemic are already limiting commerce and disrupting global supply chains, essentially […]

Blog

By / 3.2.2020

Klobuchar and Bloomberg’s Plans Lack Important Details Tomorrow, voters in 15 jurisdictions will tell the Democratic Party which candidate they want to see go against Donald Trump in November and lead the nation for the next four years. In January, PPI published an estimate of what four candidates’ agendas would cost over 10 years and […]

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By and / 1.30.2020

As Democrats begin selecting their party’s nominee for president with the Iowa caucuses next week, voters deserve to know what policies each candidate prioritizes and how they would finance their agendas. PPI’s Center for Funding America’s Future has compiled a comprehensive review of tax and spending proposals offered by four leading presidential candidates to help […]

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 […]