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By / 6.10.2019

2020 will mark the 100-year anniversary of alcohol Prohibition in the United States – a flawed experiment that lasted for 13 years before being repealed. The city of San Francisco is about to ignore the lessons of this disastrous experiment, and vote to ban all sales and access to vaping products.  But unlike Prohibition, which […]

By / 6.7.2019

Here’s a question that progressives should be asking themselves: How can we encourage the development of innovative and effective treatments like Zolgensma? Just approved by the FDA, Zolgensma is a powerful new treatment for Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), which is the leading genetic cause of death in infants and toddlers. Roughly one out of every […]

By / 6.7.2019

Few jobs in politics might be tougher than to be a moderate member of Congress. Moderates typically hail from competitive districts, which means they enter office with targets on their backs from an opposition eager to wrest away their seats. And unlike their colleagues in safely blue or red seats, they must juggle the concerns […]

By / 6.3.2019

Both Republicans and Democrats praise states as “laboratories of democracy” when they don’t hold the White House or Congress. Once in power in Washington, they rediscover their affinity for centralization and federal mandates. Now, though, in an era of New Localism and widespread local and regional efforts to address persistent national challenges, a renewed approach […]

By / 5.23.2019

Despite decades of steadily expanding federal authority, there is still a fairly well-defined division of labor among national, state and local governments. The latter, for example are chiefly responsible for law enforcement and criminal justice, land use, education (mostly), and so on. In recent years, moreover, local government has been lauded for its effectiveness and […]

By / 5.21.2019

Only Washington can solve our problems. That, evidently, is what any voter or casual follower of American politics might forgivably conclude after listening to the Democrats who are vying to take on President Trump next year. Myriad proposals are being thrown around for the federal government to provide health care for all, free education for […]

The U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary’s Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law held a hearing on pre-dispute arbitration clauses on Thursday, May 16, 2019.  PPI Center for Civil Justice Director, Phil Goldberg, and Andy Pincus, who served as general counsel of the Commerce Department under President Clinton, testified in support of pre-dispute arbitration […]

By / 5.15.2019

After Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, almost 25,000 students left the island. Puerto Rico’s Department of Education closed a quarter of its schools in response to their intensified economic crisis, damaged facilities and infrastructure, and decreased student population. Those students who remained missed an average of 78 days of school. Faced with this catastrophe, legislators […]

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, […]