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Ben Ritz

Ben Ritz is the Director of PPI’s Center for Funding America’s Future, which develops policy proposals to strengthen public investments in the foundation of our economy, modernize federal health and retirement programs to reflect an aging society, and transform our tax code to reward work over wealth. Prior to joining PPI, Ben staffed the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Commission on Retirement Security and Personal Savings, where he helped develop its proposed reforms to Social Security and retirement-related tax expenditures. Ben also worked on other federal budget issues at BPC including sequestration, budget process reform, and the federal debt limit. Before joining BPC, Ben served as Legislative Outreach Director for The Concord Coalition. In this capacity, Ben was responsible for coordinating activities with members of Congress and other organizations promoting fiscal responsibility, as well as tracking legislation and developing informational products to educate citizens about the federal budget. Ben also previously worked for the Economic Policy Institute, the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Office of Defense Programs, and the Office of Congressman Chris Van Hollen. Ben earned his Master’s of Public Policy Analysis and a Graduate Certificate of Public Finance from American University in 2014, where he previously completed his undergraduate education the year before.

Writings

Op-eds and Articles

By / 3.27.2020

Washington is finally responding with force to the coronavirus outbreak. This week, Congress agreed to the largest economic relief package in U.S. history to support families and businesses whose finances have been devastated by the crisis. These measures and more are essential for supporting public health efforts to contain the virus and preventing long-term damage to the […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 3.26.2020

After several days of negotiations, the U.S. Senate is voting tonight on a third bill to combat the coronavirus crisis. Whereas the first two bills focused on funding medical research and providing economic support to victims of the virus, the “Phase 3” stimulus bill is a massive rescue package for the broader American economy. It would cost over […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 3.19.2020

As the coronavirus crisis brings the U.S. economy to a standstill, millions of Americans have suddenly seen their cashflows grind to a halt. Congress took concrete steps to support the people most directly harmed by the virus with the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which was passed by the Senate and signed by President Trump yesterday after […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 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 […]

Publications

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 […]

Op-eds and Articles

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Thought leaders across the political spectrum are embracing a novel idea to manage the recession caused by the novel coronavirus: just send everyone cash. Yesterday, Utah Sen. Mitt Romney proposed sending every American adult a check for $1000. Jason Furman, former Chair of the Council of Economic Advisors under President Obama, has proposed sending every American adult $1000 […]

Blog

By / 3.12.2020

The outbreak of COVID-19 (commonly known as coronavirus) has created a global market downturn and raised the prospect that the United States could enter its first recession since the 2008 financial crisis. Last night, President Donald Trump and U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi offered two competing approaches for securing both the health and economic security […]