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By and / 6.19.2019

We are seeing two important, and in some ways, potentially contradictory trends in manufacturing these days. On the one hand, there are signs of a transformation and rebirth in domestic manufacturing. Technological innovations such as 3D printing and robotics are lowering the cost of manufacturing at home, while global trade tensions are leading companies to […]

By / 5.2.2019

Americans are fed up seeing corporate profits soaring even as their paychecks inch upward by comparison. Companies need stronger incentives to share their prosperity with workers – something the 2017 GOP tax package should have included. Though President Donald Trump promised higher wages as one result of his corporate tax cuts, the biggest winners were […]

By and / 4.7.2019

Apple introduced the first iPhone in 2007 just as the Global Recession was about to begin. While central bankers and national leaders struggled with a deep financial crisis and stagnation, the fervent demand for iPhones and the wave of smartphones that followed provided a rare force for growth. The smartphone also triggered a new era […]

Press

By / 6.18.2019

As Congress begins to turn toward tax policies to help clean energy manufacturing, electric vehicle tax credits aimed directly at more affordable vehicles are gaining speed, just as a previous Forbes column and a Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) white paper urged several months ago. The question now is will EV advocates in Congress, the U.S. […]

By / 5.1.2019

PPI’s Ben Ritz joined an expert panel on Capitol Hill last week to discuss the recently published report by Social Security’s trustees. The annual report projected that the program’s trust funds face insolvency within the next 16 years, after which point beneficiaries face the prospect of an across-the-board cut of 23 percent. All panelists encouraged […]

By / 4.30.2019

As the idea of “free college” gains popularity, Virginia and Iowa are instead focused on career and technical education. In the midst of record low unemployment, many states are nonetheless struggling with ongoing skills gaps — shortages of workers with the right skills for in-demand jobs. At the start of 2019, according to the Department […]

Blog

By / 6.17.2019

President Donald Trump staked his successful claim to the U.S. presidency with his appeal to the discontents of blue-collar America — i.e., non-college-educated Americans who have perhaps been the hardest hit by globalization and technological change. The same voters are the target of some of Trump’s Democratic 2020 challengers, most notably former Vice President Joe […]

By / 6.17.2019

President Trump is apparently a trade alchemist. He’s taken the core of NAFTA (the “worst trade deal ever”), liberally sprinkled in modern rules from the Trans Pacific Partnership (a “potential disaster”), and created a “brand new” trade deal — the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Trump’s hyperbole aside, the USMCA, while not perfect, would do a creditable […]

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 […]