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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 / 3.2.2020

Pete Buttigieg ran an unprecedented presidential campaign, starting the race as a small-town mayor and going on to win the most delegates from the Iowa caucus and effectively tie in the New Hampshire primary. Buttigieg was both the first openly gay and first millennial candidate to win either of these contests. Perhaps informed by his […]

Op-eds and Articles

WASHINGTON— After repeated calls for Bernie Sanders to put pen to paper on the costs for his extraordinary campaign pledges, his magic math simply doesn’t add up. Ahead of tonight’s Democratic Debate in Charleston, South Carolina, Sen. Bernie Sanders has published a new document where he claims to fully cover the costs of his gargantuan expansions of […]

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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has made some extraordinary promises in his campaign for president, including free health care, a federal jobs guarantee, universal forgiveness of all student debt, and radical expansions of nearly every government program from Social Security to housing subsidies. When asked at a CNN town hall last night how he would pay for this gargantuan expansion […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 2.12.2020

After signing nearly $5 trillion of new debt into law since taking office, President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2021 budget proposal provides the clearest look yet at how he intends to govern if re-elected in November. The ironically titled “Budget for America’s Future” is anything but: it proposes to slash critical public investments that lay the foundation for long-term growth, […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 1.30.2020

The leading Democratic candidates for president have each made dozens of policy promises to voters over the past year as they campaigned for the opportunity to challenge President Trump in November. With the Iowa caucuses taking place next week, now is the right time to evaluate how these proposals add up: which candidates have given […]

Publications

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 […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 1.28.2020

Projections published today by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office confirm that the federal government is on course to spend $1 trillion more than it raises in revenue in Fiscal Year 2020. Trillion-dollar deficits continue as far as the eye can see, with CBO estimating a 10-year deficit of over $13 trillion. Legislative changes since August have increased […]