Op-eds and Articles

By / 5.1.2020

The coronavirus crisis is a stark reminder of the grave costs of infrastructure neglect — in this case, neglect of our public health infrastructure. Decades of hard-earned experience — with SARS in 2002, H1N1 in 2009, and Ebola in 2014 — gave us a roadmap for international and domestic rapid response systems to identify and […]

By / 4.29.2020

On Monday, April 20th, President Trump tweeted that he would “temporarily suspend immigration into the United States!” By the middle of the week, the executive order he issued had suspended many forms of immigration for 60 days. In some ways, this was merely pro forma. It is simply the latest in a string of policy […]

By and / 4.29.2020

The enormity of challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, and the speed at which crises can take root, demand that our leaders act boldly and quickly. But the need for decisive action also gives leaders an unfortunate opportunity to “not let a good crisis go to waste” by slipping unrelated policies into must-pass legislation. Congress […]

By and / 4.28.2020

Since the coronavirus pandemic reached America’s shores, Congress has passed four major pieces of legislation to address the growing crisis. The $8 billion Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act funded public health agencies at the federal, state, and local level and set money aside to lower the cost of any eventual vaccine. The Families […]

By / 4.27.2020

It is becoming clearer each day that the health and economic crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic won’t just change the way we live and work, it will also change the way we educate. Paul Weinstein Jr. is the Director of the MA in Public Management program at Johns Hopkins University and a senior fellow at the Progressive […]

By / 4.27.2020

Financing Child Tax Credit refundability with taxes on high unearned incomes is a progressive anti-poverty model that Biden should take inspiration from. By Brendan McDermott | Fiscal Policy Analyst for PPI Vice President Joe Biden has begun the hard work of uniting the party against Donald Trump. Biden has tried to appeal to the party’s […]

By / 4.27.2020

This year, thanks to the coronavirus, the dreaded “summer slide” will be worse than usual. Studies have found that students lose up to 25 to 30 percent of what they learned in an academic year over the following summer, with the worst losses, particularly in reading, among low-income kids. A Gallup survey done in early April found that 83 […]