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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.


PPI In the News

By and / 5.13.2020

On the latest Facing the Future podcast, Concord Coalition Executive Director Bob Bixby, Director of the Progressive Policy Institute’s Center for Funding America’s Future, Ben Ritz, and Fiscal Policy Analyst, Brendan McDermott, joined Concord Coalition’s Chase Hagaman for a discussion of PPI’s recent publication titled “A Roadmap to Recovery” and deficit figures from the CBO’s monthly budget […]


By / 5.7.2020

Social distancing is essential to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus, but it also reduces opportunities for millions of Americans to earn a wage or buy goods and services from others. As a result, state and local income and sales taxes that fund education, public safety, and other essential services are drying up. Meanwhile, […]

Op-eds and Articles

By and / 4.29.2020

The enormity of challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, and the speed at which crises can take root, demand that our leaders act boldly and quickly. But the need for decisive action also gives leaders an unfortunate opportunity to “not let a good crisis go to waste” by slipping unrelated policies into must-pass legislation. Congress […]

Op-eds and Articles

By and / 4.28.2020

Since the coronavirus pandemic reached America’s shores, Congress has passed four major pieces of legislation to address the growing crisis. The $8 billion Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act funded public health agencies at the federal, state, and local level and set money aside to lower the cost of any eventual vaccine. The Families […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 4.27.2020

Financing Child Tax Credit refundability with taxes on high unearned incomes is a progressive anti-poverty model that Biden should take inspiration from. By Brendan McDermott | Fiscal Policy Analyst for PPI Vice President Joe Biden has begun the hard work of uniting the party against Donald Trump. Biden has tried to appeal to the party’s […]


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 […]


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 […]