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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 / 6.25.2020

As Congress prepares to pass another round of coronavirus relief, Republicans have once again fallen back to their failed cure-all solution: another tax cut. So far they’ve proposed cutting payroll taxes for high-income workers, cutting capital gains taxes for wealthy investors, and providing tax subsidies for business expenditures on meals and entertainment. None of these are particularly […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 6.24.2020

At the end of next month, several economic support programs created by the CARES Act in March will expire. House Democrats have moved to extend and expand these supports through January 2021 with the $3 trillion HEROES Act. Senate Republicans, however, have used fiscal cost as a pretext to oppose or scale back this and other potential future […]

Blog

By / 5.15.2020

The U.S. House of Representatives is moving ahead with plans to vote today on the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act: the fifth – and potentially final – piece of major legislation addressing the coronavirus pandemic and its economic effects. The 1800-page bill is estimated to cost roughly $3 trillion and contains a mix […]

Other

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 […]

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 / 4.15.2020

Since locking up the Democratic nomination for president last week, former Vice President Joe Biden has moved swiftly to unify the party around his candidacy. His campaign recently secured endorsements from two former rivals, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, and announced a series of joint policy task forces to bridge the gap between the […]