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By / 10.15.2019

IRS Free File and VITA programs should be improved not discarded. According to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), 90 percent of taxpayers hire paid tax preparers or utilize tax preparation software to file their taxes. For low-income families the cost of tax preparation can significantly reduce the value of their refunds. A 2016 study by […]

Critics say that UBI risks discouraging people from working, which would shrink our economy and thereby lower U.S. living standards. by PPI Summer Intern Avi Lipton In his long-shot bid for the presidency, Andrew Yang has brought fresh attention to an old idea: universal basic income. Yang’s UBI proposal, which he calls “Freedom Dividends,” would […]

By / 8.20.2019

Watching the nation’s political leaders tie themselves in knots over minor changes in gun laws, I can’t help but wonder if America hasn’t become the “pitiful, helpless giant” Richard Nixon warned about decades ago. Nixon conjured up this arresting image to rally public support for his unpopular plan to invade Cambodia. But it seems more […]

Roman Darker, PPI Summer 2019 Intern We often take for granted the many essential tasks that require government-issued ID, such as a drivers’ license or a state-issued ID card. We need them to open a bank account, apply for a job, rent property, stay in hotels, get a P.O. box, and even for most interstate […]

By / 8.2.2019

While the left and center-left have been debating the wisdom of abolishing private insurance, another critical policy issue has not gotten much attention: The Medicare-for-all bill currently in question would create a single-payer health care system based on fee-for-service, disregarding the financial and outcome-based successes of Accountable Care Organizations, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid […]

By / 8.2.2019

The Canadian App Economy is strong both in terms of app exports and compared to its industrialized peers. The Canadian App Economy has 262,000 App Economy workers as of November 2018, according to a recently released report by the Progressive Policy Institute (PPI). App Economy workers are those that develop, maintain, or support mobile applications. […]

By / 8.1.2019

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Cigarette smoking by Americans declined steadily from the mid-1960s to around 2005, when this progress began to slow. From 2013 to 2017, however, cigarette smoking rates fell sharply, during a period in which the use of electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes increased sharply. This study examines the connection between these two developments and the […]

The Progressive Policy Institute’s Health Care 2020 panel relayed the overwhelming opinion that the American health care system is broken and in desperate need of reform.  Americans need health care reform to achieve timely access to effective, affordable, and quality medical care. The Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) hosted a panel discussion on Wednesday, July 24th […]

By and / 7.16.2019

The U.S. economy recently marked 10 years of economic expansion – its longest in history – but there’s an important exception: new business creation. In recent decades, the American entrepreneurial engine has decelerated. Regulatory reform could help revive American entrepreneurship, reducing the burden on new businesses and realizing gains in economic growth. That doesn’t necessarily […]

By / 6.26.2019

For many Americans, one traffic ticket could be all it takes to derail their financial security — and perhaps even their livelihood. Loathe to raise taxes, many states and cities are increasingly relying on fines and fees — whether for traffic offenses, court costs or misdemeanors such as littering — to fill their coffers. The amounts demanded are often exorbitant, and […]