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Ben Ritz

Ben Ritz is the Director of PPI’s Center for Funding America’s Future. 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

Blog

By / 6.12.2019

For the past eight months, PPI’s Center for Funding America’s Future has been developing a fiscal blueprint that would restore America’s commitment to public investment, rebalance the intergenerational compact for 21st-century demographics, and implement pro-growth tax reform that rewards work over wealth. We previewed the plan yesterday at the Peter G. Peterson Foundation’s 10th annual […]

Blog

By / 5.14.2019

America lost a titan today with the passing of Alice Rivlin. Simply put, Alice was the mother of modern fiscal analysis. The Congressional Budget Office only exists as it does today because of her strong leadership as its founding director. Alice resisted political pressure and established the CBO as Washington’s non-partisan umpire of fiscal debates, […]

Other

By / 5.6.2019

Millions of Americans watched the 70th episode of HBO’s Game of Thrones last Sunday to see who would win the ultimate battle between the people of Westeros and the undead army of the White Walkers. But there is another undead threat here in America that has gotten far less attention, one that marches not on our lands […]

Other

By / 5.1.2019

PPI’s Ben Ritz joined an expert panel on Capitol Hill last week to discuss the recently published report by Social Security’s trustees. The annual report projected that the program’s trust funds face insolvency within the next 16 years, after which point beneficiaries face the prospect of an across-the-board cut of 23 percent. All panelists encouraged […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 3.14.2019

After the president’s budget was released on Monday, House Budget Committee Chairman John Yarmuth (D-KY) called it “A Budget for a Declining America.” Unfortunately, that might be an understatement. The Trump administration’s Fiscal Year 2020 budget proposal is a compilation of the worst ideas to come out of the Republican Party over the last decade. It would dismantle public investments that […]

Blog

By / 12.27.2018

As the Progressive Policy Institute’s Center for Funding America’s Future wraps up its first year, we want to thank everyone who followed and supported our work. Below you’ll find a compilation of our contributions to the public discourse in 2018. Through op-eds, blog posts, media interviews, research reports, engagement with elected officials, and public forums […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 12.22.2018

This year concludes the same way it began: with a partial shutdown of the federal government. There is no doubt that President Donald Trump is primarily responsible for this shutdown – less than two weeks ago, during a nationally televised meeting in the Oval Office, he explicitly said so himself. “If we don’t get what […]

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 […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 12.6.2018

A new report published by the Daily Beast earlier this week revealed how little President Trump cares about America’s future. When senior administration officials warned Trump about the nation’s growing and unsustainable national debt, the president reportedly expressed little interest in tackling the issue because it wouldn’t create a full-blown crisis until after he is gone from office. […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 11.8.2018

On Tuesday, Democrats won control of the U.S. House of Representatives and state legislatures across the country thanks to record-breaking turnout among young voters. Now it is time for newly elected Democrats to stand up for the interests of their constituents by supporting an economic agenda that funds America’s future. The reckless policies of the current administration, […]