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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 / 12.4.2019

The Warren bubble has burst. Two months ago, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren was rocketing to the top of the presidential polls, at one point tying former Vice President Joe Biden for first place nationally and leading in both Iowa and New Hampshire. But she’s been in freefall for several weeks following the release of a controversial plan for financing Medicare for All, […]

Blog

By / 11.30.2019

The Director of PPI’s Center for Funding America’s Future, Ben Ritz, joined personal-finance advisor Ric Edelman on his nationally syndicated radio show to discuss the challenges facing Social Security, their role in the 2020 election, and PPI’s proposal to strengthen the program for future generations. Listen to the interview below and read our full plan […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 8.21.2019

A new report from the Congressional Budget Office projects federal budget deficits between 2019 and 2029 to be $872 billion higher than was projected just three months ago. As a result, Donald Trump will be forced to campaign for re-election next year with his government running a trillion-dollar deficit. Democrats should hold the “king of debt” accountable […]

PPI In the News

By / 7.31.2019

During the most recent Facing the Future, Ben Ritz discussed PPI’s latest policy proposal, “A Progressive Budget for Equitable Growth.” The blueprint addresses a variety of issues, such as the national debt, taxes, health care, infrastructure, climate change, and more. Listen here

Publications

By and / 7.25.2019

PPI’s Progressive Budget for Equitable Growth gives the next administration a framework for investing in our country that doesn’t stick young Americans with the bill. It powers the engines of American innovation by increasing investments in infrastructure, education, and scientific research by more than 70 percent relative to what they would be under current law. […]

Other

By / 7.24.2019

The budget deal scheduled for a vote tomorrow gets two things right and nearly everything else wrong. The main thing it gets right is the need to unshackle domestic public investment that would be subject to an across-the-board cut known as “sequestration” in the absence of legislative action. It also suspends the federal debt limit […]

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 […]