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Paul Weinstein Jr.

Paul Weinstein Jr. is a PPI senior fellow and from 2005 to 2009 served as the organization’s chief operating officer. Weinstein is currently the Director of the MA in Public Management program at Johns Hopkins University and a consultant to the Promontory Interfinancial Network, a leading fintech firm. A veteran of two Presidential Administrations, he was senior advisor to the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform (Simpson-Bowles), which was created by President Obama to address the nation’s mid- and long-term fiscal challenges. Weinstein formerly served as Special Assistant to the President and chief of staff of the White House Domestic Policy Council, and then later as senior advisor for policy planning to the Vice President during the Clinton-Gore Administration. Mr. Weinstein has taught at The Johns Hopkins University since 2003, and has also lectured at Columbia University and Georgetown University. He is co-author of the textbook, The Art of Policy Making (now in its second edition). His writing also has appeared in The Boston Globe, The Baltimore Sun, New York Newsday, Forbes, Investors Business Daily, and Politico among others. Before joining the Clinton administration, Weinstein served as a legislative aide to former Representative C. Thomas McMillen (D-MD) and then-Senator Albert Gore Jr. (D-TN).

Writings

Blog

By / 9.30.2016

Rising college tuition prices have become a serious obstacle for many low and middle income students. One potential way to manage those costs is through Advanced Placement (AP), which allows students to earn college credit in high school, thereby reducing the time and money needed for a degree. But not all colleges grant credit for […]

Publications

By / 9.8.2016

The college affordability crisis looms large for working and middle class Americans. Parents and students are reeling from record levels of student loan debt and ever-increasing tuition hikes. Total student loan debt is now a record $1.26 trillion and the typical 2016 college graduate has $37,172 in student loan debt, up six percent from last […]

Blog

By / 6.14.2016

Recently a group urging free tuition at Harvard University failed to win a seat on the University’s Board of Overseers. With an endowment of $38 billion, Harvard can afford to have this debate. But the vast majority of schools in America today are too tuition dependent to offer universal free tuition. And while any plan […]

Other

By and / 4.14.2016

In 2002, researchers from the Brookings Institution and the Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) wrote a groundbreaking study entitled “The Price of Paying Taxes: How Tax Preparation and Refund Loan Fees Erode the Benefits of the EITC.” This report was one of the first to highlight the costly dependence of low-wage workers on national tax preparation […]

Op-eds and Articles

By and / 8.27.2015

In rolling out an ambitious higher education plan this month, Hillary Clinton put a genuine national dilemma — America’s ballooning student debt crisis — at the center of the 2016 debate. What a refreshing contrast to her Republican opponents. Clinton’s “New College Compact” is a big, multifaceted plan to take the debt monkey off the […]

Other

U.S.-based companies such as Google, McDonalds, Starbucks, Apple, and Mi-crosoft are being attacked by European politicians for not paying their fair share of taxes. For example, in March 2014 Google was hit by a French tax assessment of perhaps as much as a billion euros according to press reports at the time. In November 2014, […]

Blog

By / 3.19.2015

Time Magazine (courtesy of the New America Foundation) recently re-published a new way to rank NCAA tournament winners according to their graduation success rates. According to the Time bracket, some pretty prestigious academic universities fair pretty poorly. Harvard, Georgetown, Texas, Wisconsin, and UCLA all lose in the first round followed by Virginia in round two. […]

Other

By / 9.17.2014

The American higher education system is the finest in the world. Our universities and colleges are unmatched, and we have more highly rated schools than all of our competitors combined. Students from across the globe continue to flock to American universities, while the competition among U.S. students for slots at our elite schools is tougher […]

Other

By / 8.5.2014

Like so many issues in Washington these days, the debate over what to do with the nation’s housing Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSE)—Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac—has been caught up in the Jihad against the role of government in any form. That’s a shame because last spring, with the announcement from Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim […]

Op-eds and Articles

By and / 4.15.2014

Over the last week, as you’ve raced to file your taxes by the deadline today, you’ve no doubt been bombarded on talk radio, cable TV, and the opinion pages about how complex and anti-growth the federal income tax system has become. Tax reform is indeed long overdue, but it’s not just the federal code that […]