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PODCAST: Joint Episode – Neoliberal Podcast ft. Oregon State Treasurer Tobias Rea‪d

This week's episode is a joint episode of the Neoliberal Podcast and the PPI Podcast, featuring guest host Colin Mortimer of PPI's Center for New Liberalism. Colin sits down with Oregon State Treasurer Tobias Read to talk about the ways Oregon is optimizing its treasury to support and empower Oregonians. Colin and Treasurer Read discuss…

The Case for a More Distributed Federal Workforce

The Biden administration has a unique and largely undiscussed opportunity. Prior to Covid-19, 5 percent of the U.S. workforce primarily worked from home. During the pandemic, this share rose as high as 50 percent; as of November, 36 percent of federal workers were still working remotely. With vaccines already beginning to roll out, this temporary…

PODCAST: How One Tax Might Make Matters Worse

Colin Mortimer, the Director of the Center for New Liberalism, is joined by two special guests. First is Adam Hartke, the co-owner of a music venue in Wichita, Kansas, and the co-chair of the advocacy committee at the National Independent Venues Association. We talk about what it has been like to be a music venue owner…

Press

The Progressive Way to Slash Child Poverty

On Monday, congressional Democrats unveiled a proposal to dramatically expand the Child Tax Credit (CTC), one of the bigger policies in President Biden’s $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan. On the same day, Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) gave the concept bipartisan backing by offering a Republican proposal for turning the CTC into an expanded child allowance. Both proposals would raise the current benefit from…

Work from Home Opens Opportunity to Reexamine Federal Workforce Distribution

Contact: Carter Christensen, media@ppionline.org WASHINGTON, D.C. – A new report from the Progressive Policy Institute highlights the opportunity posed by the current work-from-home mandate resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. Covid-19 has taught employers the surprising lesson that for many more positions than expected, remote work is preferred by workers and seems to have little negative impact on workplace productivity. Within…

Unemployment And State Aid, Not Stimulus Checks, Must Be Priorities For Covid Relief

A promising bipartisan compromise for another round of covid relief ran into two roadblocks yesterday that threaten to derail the effort. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has called for $160 billion in critical assistance for state and local governments to be dropped from the proposal. Meanwhile, populists such as Sen. Bernie Sanders on the left and Sen. Josh Hawley on…

Blog

Unemployed Americans Face Benefit Cut-Off

While House Democrats and Senate Republicans remain at an impasse over how generous unemployment benefits should be in the current recession, a potentially greater problem is looming: millions of unemployed Americans will see their benefits terminated prematurely unless Congress takes additional action in the next three months. What’s more, many workers are forced to clear…

House Democrats Have The Right Coronavirus Response

The outbreak of COVID-19 (commonly known as coronavirus) has created a global market downturn and raised the prospect that the United States could enter its first recession since the 2008 financial crisis. Last night, President Donald Trump and U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi offered two competing approaches for securing both the health and economic security…

PPI’s Ben Ritz Talks Social Security with Ric Edelman

The Director of PPI’s Center for Funding America’s Future, Ben Ritz, joined personal-finance advisor Ric Edelman on his nationally syndicated radio show to discuss the challenges facing Social Security, their role in the 2020 election, and PPI's proposal to strengthen the program for future generations. Listen to the interview below and read our full plan…