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Amid Trump economic debacle, Biden’s central message must be his plan for American recovery

President Donald Trump is desperate to make this campaign about anything other than the economic disaster his incompetence has largely caused. But Joe Biden can’t let him do it. Biden’s own robust economic recovery plans must become the Biden-Harris ticket's key election message. Just in the last two weeks, Trump has desperately invoked law and order, or federal approval…

We should push for more progress in telehealth

Over the last few months, millions of Americans have used telehealth services — the remote delivery of care and health monitoring using digital telecommunications tools — to get health care. Federal and state policymakers have made it easier to access telehealth during the pandemic to keep people home and safe but there is no reason…

Online Courses Cost Too Much—So Do Onsite Classes

After welcoming undergraduates back to campus, Notre Dame, Michigan State, and the University of North Carolina (among others), experienced outbreaks of COVID-19. The result—they switched back to remote learning. With 26,000 cases of coronavirus linked to college campuses, more will soon follow. While some of those schools will offer discounts for online courses, many others won’t. Is…

The Trump Party’s war on reality

The perverse joke at the heart of so-called reality TV is that it is totally fake — full of cartoonish heroes and villains and contrived dramas. Just like pro wrestling, the Trump presidency, and this week’s Republican National Convention. It was a slickly produced, flag-bedecked exercise in mass delusion. In the squalid, everyday reality of…

Denier-in-chief: Trump, COVID and climate change

It is a tale of two worlds. In Real World, the COVID scourge continues to inflict massive human suffering and economic costs on the American people. More than 177,000 Americans have died. More than 5.7 million have been infected. These are by far the largest tolls in the world. No wonder the U.S. economy is…

New Report Calls on Congress to Make Telehealth Reforms Permanent, Applauded by Bipartisan Pair of U.S. Senators

Contact: Carter Christensen, cchristensen@ppionline.org WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) has released a new white paper in partnership with Americans for Prosperity (AFP), calling on Congress to make telehealth reforms permanent amid and after the COVID-19 emergency -- an unlikely partnership in a time of great need for innovation and leadership. A bipartisan pair of Senators shared…

The Covid-19 Crisis Shows Why We Need A National Resilience Council

The Progressive Policy Institute, where I serve as chief economic strategist, just put out a report entitled “Building American Resilience: A Roadmap for Recovery After COVID-19.” The report covers a wide range of topics, ranging from manufacturing (discussed below), to education, to health care, to small business, to metro area fiscal policy to the gig economy.…

How to build American resilience

For Americans and much of the world, 2020 has been an annus horribilis. To contain the coronavirus pandemic, nations have been forced to order mass quarantines, freezing economic activity and social life. It likely will take decades to calculate the full human, economic and psychic costs of this still-unfolding global calamity. Few countries have been…

Statement on Joe Biden’s Selection of Kamala Harris as Running Mate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Progressive Policy Institute released the following statement on the selection of Kamala Harris as Joe Biden's vice president. "Joe Biden composed a strong field of candidates for the job, and in Sen. Kamala Harris, he has made a characteristically solid choice. In doing so, the presumptive nominee has balanced his ticket…

PPI Unveils Blueprint for American Resilience

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Looking ahead to the general election campaign this fall, the Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) today rolled out a bold plan for making America’s health care system, economy and social safety net more resilient against future pandemics and national emergencies. “During the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve learned the hard way that our country needs…

Post-Pandemic, Joe Biden Needs to Rethink His K-12 Education Plans

The Covid-19 pandemic has shown people some real flaws in our public education systems. If Joe Biden is elected, will he fix them? Many school districts had trouble adapting to the sudden closure and were never able to deliver effective distance learning. Many parents were surprised how low schools’ expectations were and disappointed by the quality of education their children…

A vision for independent workers

A slice of bread is good, but a whole loaf is better. In the spring, Senator Mike Braun of Indiana introduced the Helping Gig Economy Workers Act to shield digital companies from lawsuits on worker classification when providing protective equipment during the coronavirus pandemic. This legal “safe harbor” for such digital companies could find its…

Opinion: Bridgeport schools must do more to prepare for fall

Bridgeport Public School students were in trouble before the pandemic shuttered schools in March. Each year, BPS students take the “Smarter Balance” state tests. On the 2019 test, not a single BPS school recorded 50 percent of its students meeting or exceeding expectations for their grade level in reading, with the exception of two select…

Release: In Gig Economy Space, New Report Shines Light on Regulatory Improvements for Independent Workers

Independent workers face a dilemma where they cannot currently receive benefit payments from companies without risking their independent status. WASHINGTON, D.C. - A new report from the Progressive Policy Institute examines the possibility of creating a way to regulate platforms that would preserve the flexible nature of independent workers and the benefits to our economy…

Statement on the Passing of Congressman John Lewis

Farewell to a Freedom Rider. Rep. John Lewis was an authentic American hero. From the Freedom Rides to the march on Selma Bridge, he repeatedly and courageously put his life on the line in the struggle to dismantle Jim Crow segregation in the South. As leader of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, Lewis and his colleagues…

Biden and BLM must set aside differences, focus on beating Trump

Joe Biden isn’t nearly as visible, but he’s leading President Trump in every key battleground state and even some – including Texas – that no one expected to be up for grabs in 2020. At the same time, the former vice president is taking heat from Black Lives Matter (BLM) and the progressive left, who complain that his stance on…

The GOP’s “Spread Covid” Tax Credit May Be Its Dumbest Pandemic Proposal Yet

As Congress prepares to pass another round of coronavirus relief, Republicans have once again fallen back to their failed cure-all solution: another tax cut. So far they’ve proposed cutting payroll taxes for high-income workers, cutting capital gains taxes for wealthy investors, and providing tax subsidies for business expenditures on meals and entertainment. None of these are particularly…

Congress Should Stabilize The American Economy – Both Now And Later

At the end of next month, several economic support programs created by the CARES Act in March will expire. House Democrats have moved to extend and expand these supports through January 2021 with the $3 trillion HEROES Act. Senate Republicans, however, have used fiscal cost as a pretext to oppose or scale back this and other potential future…

We can contain the spread of COVID-19 — but the federal government must step up before it’s too late

States and localities are proceeding with “opening” their economies despite the fact that most states have not met the re-opening criteria put forward by the White House. In order to head off spikes in cases, states and localities will need aggressive testing, contact tracing, and isolation programs. Testing is only as good as what you do with that…

Looking Back: The Worst Business Cycle Ever For U.S. Manufacturing

The 2007-2019 business cycle is now in the books, and even before the pandemic it was objectively terrible for domestic manufacturing. What do we have to do to dig ourselves out, and can policy help? Economists usually measure business cycles from peak to peak. While the arbiters of business cycles—Business Cycle Dating Committee of the National…

Lawsuits threaten to derail economic recovery

As governors start lifting stay-at-home orders, businesses, schools, non-profits and houses of worship are trying to figure out how to reopen safely. A driving concern for many employers has been the fear of getting slapped with lawsuits if their workers or customers contract COVID-19. It’s a reasonable fear; the pandemic is already inflaming America’s legendary…

How a Startup Tax Credit Can Spur Re-Employment

As federal and state governments outline plans for reopening the economy, lawmakers will have to grapple with the challenge of getting tens of millions of Americans back to work as quickly as possible. More than 47 million Americans have filed for unemployment since the pandemic began, with the unemployment rate at 13.3 percent in May. The economic damage has…

Tackle unemployment, trade, manufacturing and environment: Invest in green infrastructure

More than 42 million workers have filed unemployment claims during the coronavirus pandemic, the jobless rate is over 13% and minorities are bearing a disproportionate share of the economic pain, just as people have taken to the streets to protest racial injustice — but there's a clear path forward for America. We must create millions of new jobs by investing in an…

Reality bites Trump back

Donald Trump is a wretched president but a master illusionist. His greatest skill isn’t solving real-world problems. It is concocting “alternative facts” that allow his supporters to evade unpleasant realities. Now, however, the president is beset by three intractable realities even he can’t disguise or spin: a deadly virus, an inert economy with mass unemployment,…

Statement by PPI President Will Marshall

As someone who grew up in the Jim Crow South, I know that progress toward racial justice and concord is possible in America. I’ve seen it happen. I also know that social progress is neither linear nor inevitable. Progress stalls, people backslide, old prejudices find new ways to express themselves. Even well-intentioned Americans lose focus,…

The HEROES Act fixes what the CARES Act broke

Conservatives call the House Democrats’ Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act a “gigantic political scam.” Senate Republicans say HEROES, passed by the House on May 15th, is “dead on arrival when it reconvenes. As they negotiate with Democrats, Republicans should think carefully about certain student loan relief provisions in the bill. Even in good times, a…

The HEROES Act fixes what the CARES Act broke

Conservatives call the House Democrats’ Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act a “gigantic political scam.” Senate Republicans say HEROES, passed by the House on May 15th, is “dead on arrival when it reconvenes. As they negotiate with Democrats, Republicans should think carefully about certain student loan relief provisions in the bill. Even in good times, a…

How a New Wave of Digital Platforms can Lift Growth

Getting the economy back on its feet again isn’t going to be easy. New types of digital platforms can help. A well-functioning business is like a table with four legs: Customers, capital, workers, and suppliers. The pandemic knocked out all four legs simultaneously, with terrible consequences. When and if the health impacts of the pandemic…

Bryan Morton Leads Fight for Better Schools in Camden, N.J.

For Bryan Morton and Parents for Great Camden Schools, the fight for a great school in every neighborhood is the best way to ensure that no child in Camden, New Jersey, falls into the pre-K-to-prison pipeline. Parents for Great Camden Schools (PGCS) is, in many ways, built in the image of its founder. A native…

Congress must fill the leadership void

President Trump is promising a swift and seamless economic recovery if only the states will hurry up and lift their stay-at-home orders. “Those jobs will be back and they’ll be back very soon,” he said, reacting to last month’s horrendous spike in unemployment. This is fantasy. Besides ignoring the health hazards of prematurely reopening the economy, Trump is…

With Latinx Students Near 30 Percent of all Public School Students, Latinx Leaders Demand a Seat at the School Board Table

It is time for Latinx communities to build the political power necessary to demand education reforms that benefit their children, several Latinx leaders argue. Within 16 months, 30 percent of all public school students will be Latinx, they pointed out during a recent Progressive Policy Institute webinar. But school boards often have no idea what these…

To Succeed in the Post-COVID Era, Our Schools Need to Stop Batch-Processing Kids

As school winds down for this year, discussion in education circles has turned to next year. After a spring of uneven distance learning and a long summer, should classes pick up where they were last March—or where they would normally start? Should they ask those who did not participate in distance learning to repeat a…

House HEROES Act Gets The Trade-Offs Wrong

The U.S. House of Representatives is moving ahead with plans to vote today on the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act: the fifth – and potentially final – piece of major legislation addressing the coronavirus pandemic and its economic effects. The 1800-page bill is estimated to cost roughly $3 trillion and contains a mix…

Donald Trump’s legacy is truth decay

Our country is reeling under the dual onslaught of COVID-19 and runaway unemployment, but there’s one person who’s willing to give President Trump high marks for handling the situation: Donald Trump. “I think in a certain way, maybe our best work has been on what we’ve done with COVID-19,” he mused in an interview this…

A Wrench in the Works — How Schools Can Keep the Coronavirus Pandemic From Derailing Their Construction Projects

Many state governments have deemed school construction an essential service during the coronavirus crisis. This is a good thing. While New York, the nation’s pandemic epicenter, didn’t give school facilities projects the green light until April 9, states less hard-hit were quicker to make the declaration. That sounds like good news for charter schools expecting…

Medema and Pankovits: A Wrench in the Works — How Schools Can Keep the Coronavirus Pandemic From Derailing Their Construction Projects

Many state governments have deemed school construction an essential service during the coronavirus crisis. This is a good thing. While New York, the nation’s pandemic epicenter, didn’t give school facilities projects the green light until April 9, states less hard-hit were quicker to make the declaration. That sounds like good news for charter schools expecting to…

PPI Signs Letter Regarding New Business Preservation Act

The Progressive Policy Institute has joined a cohort of other organizations in urging the immediate passage of the New Business Preservation Act, which PPI and its co-signers believe is also essential to our nation’s ability to weather and recover from the economic damage inflicted by the coronavirus emergency. The Act was introduced in the Senate (S.…

Democrats Shouldn’t Miss This Opening on Immigration. Trump Won’t.

To no one’s surprise, Stephen Miller wants to make President Trump’s temporary suspension of immigration permanent. On April 22nd, in a very belated — and plainly cynical — response to the COVID-19 crisis, the president signed an executive order restricting the issuance of new green cards. The move was mostly symbolic: the crisis has already…

Lewis: U.S. Broadband infrastructure is essential

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…

Use the Immigration ‘Pause’ to Boost Economy

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…

Eight Bad Ideas That Have No Place in Future Stimulus Bills

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…

A Roadmap to Recovery

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…

College and COVID-19: Four Things Colleges Can Do Post-Crisis

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…

Expanding the Child Tax Credit: A Better Way to Unite Democrats

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…

Osborne: COVID Slide Is Going to Make the Usual Summer Slide Even Worse.

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…

People have increased anxiety and depression from Covid-19 — telehealth can help

Fears about the novel coronavirus, the economic meltdown, and prolonged self-isolation are taking an emotional toll on Americans. Calls to the federal mental health crisis hotline are 900 percent greater than this time last year. In normal times, one in five American adults deals with mental health issues. Anxiety is the most common mental disorder; 6.8 million people in the…

Amazon, Antitrust, and Private Label Goods

Yesterday, the WSJ published an investigation with the headline: "Amazon Scooped Up Data From Its Own Sellers to Launch Competing Products." As the article notes, in a Congressional hearing last year, an Amazon associate general counsel said, “We don’t use individual seller data directly to compete” with businesses on the company’s platform. The reporter for…

Europe after the plague

President Trump, you’ve got company. The European Union also is on the hot seat for its tardy and ineffectual response to the coronavirus pandemic. Come November, U.S. voters will have an opportunity to fire Trump for rank incompetence. But Americans should be rooting for the EU to raise its game. Otherwise, Europe could emerge from…

Paying the Bills for COVID-19: Three Ideas for Protecting Patients and America’s Health Care System

Covid-19 is hitting the United States harder than any other country in the world. Roughly 41,000 Americans have died from the novel coronavirus and more than 50,000 Americans have been hospitalized. Some experts estimate millions more could be hospitalized before the disease runs its course. Each Covid-19-related hospitalization costs between $30,000-$72,000 per person. However, it…

The Postal Service is Essential – Now is Not the Time to Politicize It

The United States Postal Service (USPS), like many other businesses right now, is in dire straits. Solicitation mailer volume, a major revenue source for the USPS, has dried up as businesses remain shut down. On Thursday, the Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan informed Congress that the nation’s mail service would need $89 billion or else…

How Workplace Testing Can Get Us Back to Work

We’re used to thinking of testing as a public health function. But there’s growing support for workplace-based testing for COVID-19 infections as a first step towards getting the economy restarted again. Scott Gottlieb, former head of the FDA, wrote a op-ed for the Wall Street Journal where he argued that As employees return to work, perhaps as…

Democrats Should Champion Public Investments in Young Voters, Not Affluent Retirees

Since locking up the Democratic nomination for president last week, former Vice President Joe Biden has moved swiftly to unify the party around his candidacy. His campaign recently secured endorsements from two former rivals, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, and announced a series of joint policy task forces to bridge the gap between the…

It’s Not Just Money: Three Ways to Help Small Businesses

Lawmakers are gearing up to funnel more money into the new Paycheck Protection Program, which makes loans to small businesses to cover payroll and expenses during the Coronavirus pandemic. The program has been flooded by applications, with one bank seeing more than 85,000 customers apply for $22.2 billion on the first day. Small businesses are a key component of…

America rudderless amid pandemic

A special Providence protects fools, drunkards, small children and the United States of America” — attributed to Otto von Bismarck. Has America’s providential luck run out? Throughout our history, at moments of supreme danger, our country has managed to find leaders of extraordinary character and ability to steer us through the storm. Now, if you…

Op-Ed: Why Netflix and YouTube Aren’t Breaking the Internet in the United States

As broadband networks around the world start to creak under the weight of work from home and other social distancing practices, it is a bit surprising that one country has been left out of the headlines: the United States. We’ve been told for years that our broadband infrastructure is poor and that we pay too much for…

Op-Ed: Trump Is Using the Defense Production Act All Wrong

The White House and the Centers for Disease Control are recommending that all Americans wear cloth face masks in public to slow the spread of Covid-19. While cloth masks are an effective stopgap measure to help preserve supply of more effective medical masks for our healthcare workers, they are just that: a stopgap. If we…

Public Education in the Age of Coronavirus: We Need Swift Boats, Not Ocean Liners

No sooner had Michigan closed its public schools than the state Department of Education announced that no distance learning time would count toward the required 180 days of instruction. When met with a storm of criticism from district and school leaders, parents, students, and the governor, the department blamed state law. Meanwhile Pennsylvania’s Department of Education encouraged…

A Tale of Two Parties

The 2020 presidential election, like almost everything else, hangs in suspended animation as Americans ride out the coronavirus pandemic. When it resumes, we will learn more about whether another kind of contagion—illiberal populism—is advancing or retreating here. Over the past decade, populism has been rewriting the rules of party competition across the West. Sparked by a…

Op-Ed: COVID-19 makes it clear: Medicaid block grants will make everyone worse off

The Trump administration prepares for the best instead of the worst. During a period of economic growth, instead of preparing for an inevitable downturn, the administration pushed through large tax cuts that benefited corporations and the wealthiest individuals, driving up federal deficits. And after the Ebola outbreak subsided, rather than preparing for a new global health…

Expanding Postal Voting to Preserve Democratic Institutions During the COVID-19 Crisis

Expanding Postal Voting to Preserve Democratic Institutions During the COVID-19 Crisis The recent outbreak of COVID-19 in the United States has caused an untold amount of economic, political and social disruption. Trillions of dollars in economic activity has been lost, and in the first week of the crisis 3.3 million workers reported being laid off1.…

America Needs to Mobilize its Medical Production

In order to save lives and mitigate the impacts of the economic shutdown, there is an acute need for national direction to orchestrate and coordinate medical supply production — and it needs to happen quickly. When the U.S.N.S. Comfort sailed past the Statue of Liberty most Americans felt something — whether it be pride or…

America Is On Track For A $4 Trillion Deficit In 2020. Should It Matter?

Washington is finally responding with force to the coronavirus outbreak. This week, Congress agreed to the largest economic relief package in U.S. history to support families and businesses whose finances have been devastated by the crisis. These measures and more are essential for supporting public health efforts to contain the virus and preventing long-term damage to the…

What’s In The Record-Breaking $2 Trillion Stimulus Package?

After several days of negotiations, the U.S. Senate is voting tonight on a third bill to combat the coronavirus crisis. Whereas the first two bills focused on funding medical research and providing economic support to victims of the virus, the “Phase 3” stimulus bill is a massive rescue package for the broader American economy. It would cost over…

Statement: The Senate Flubs the Stimulus Package

STATEMENT: Confirmed coronavirus cases roughly doubled over the weekend, doctors and hospitals are running out of personal protective equipment and supplies, and unemployment cases are expected to increase eightfold this week. The nation’s governors are issuing urgent pleas to the federal government to use its powers to ramp up production of protective gear and tests.…

Op-Ed: “Why Klobuchar should be Biden’s vice presidential pick”

After Joe Biden’s strong debate performance on March 15 and third straight huge primary night two days later, it is increasingly obvious he will be the Democratic nominee. Even without the Ohio vote, the March 17 primaries all but sealed the deal, with sweeping wins in Florida, Illinois and Arizona giving Biden a 300 delegate lead,…

Op-Ed: Winning where it matters: Joe Biden’s task in the fall campaign

Sen. Bernie Sanders has signaled his imminent departure from the nomination contest. His sooner-than-expected exit frees presumptive nominee Joe Biden to fire up his general election campaign to defeat President Trump in November. Except that the coronavirus pandemic has put presidential politics in suspended animation, along with the economy and almost every other aspect of…

Op-Ed: Timeline: The Regulations-and Regulators-That Delayed Coronavirus Testing

Addressing the media alongside the coronavirus task force on Thursday, Donald Trump said he would “slash red tape like nobody has even done it before” to get approval for coronavirus treatments. That would be a welcome development indeed. What’s unfortunate is that there was no similar push at the beginning of the crisis to expedite coronavirus testing.…

Op-Ed: Why Experience, Not Funding, Matters More In New Bill To Help Startups

Small businesses are hurting everywhere and the pain is only going to intensify. What about new businesses? Will anyone start a new company during the COVID-19 crisis and emerging recession? History says yes: several years ago we did an analysis at the Kauffman Foundation that found that over half the companies on the Fortune 500 list had been founded during…

Op-Ed: ‘Free College for All’ Is a Non-Starter for Many Voters. New Poll Shows Why Talking Point Is Dangerous for Democrats

Sadly, education has been all but ignored in this year’s Democratic primaries. But a new poll commissioned by the Progressive Policy Institute points toward one reason Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have not lived up to their supporters’ hopes: Their embrace of free college and paying off all student debt strikes many voters as…

Statement: New Business Preservation Act Provides Much Needed Capital to Startups

Today, Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Chris Coons (D-DE), Tim Kaine (D-VA), and Angus King (I-ME) introduced the New Business Preservation Act. The legislation would  create an Innovation and Startups Equity Investment Program in partnership with states and private investors, providing vital capital during the coronavirus pandemic to new startups. Startups play a critical role in…

Next Steps For Stimulus

As the coronavirus crisis brings the U.S. economy to a standstill, millions of Americans have suddenly seen their cashflows grind to a halt. Congress took concrete steps to support the people most directly harmed by the virus with the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which was passed by the Senate and signed by President Trump yesterday after…

Op-Ed: St. Paddy’s primaries were Bernie’s Waterloo

As Americans go into isolation to slow the spread of coronavirus, we are sadly lacking in diversions. No March Madness, spring baseball or Premier League. No bars, restaurants or St. Patrick’s Day revels. Even the long-running Democratic nomination battle seems to be shutting down. Continuing his electoral hot streak, former Vice President Joe Biden decisively swept all three Democratic…

Op-Ed: Biden would be nowhere without black voters. Will he accommodate black charter school parents?

The National Education Association (NEA), the nation’s largest teachers’ union, endorsed Joe Biden for president over the weekend. Earlier the smaller American Federation of Teachers (AFT) hedged its bets by encouraging its members and affiliates to support and help Biden as well as Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). The NEA’s endorsement comes on the heels of last week’s “Big Tuesday” primaries…

A Bold Framework For Emergency Economics To Combat The Coronavirus Crisis

The outbreak of COVID-19, caused by the novel coronavirus, has created a global market downturn and put the United States on track for its first recession since the 2008 financial crisis. Quarantines, social distancing, and other proactive measures that are necessary to contain the pandemic are already limiting commerce and disrupting global supply chains, essentially…

PRESS RELEASE: PPI Publishes “Emergency Economics” Framework For Fighting a Recession in 2020 and Beyond

WASHINGTON— Experts from the Progressive Policy Institute are calling on lawmakers to enact an aggressive stimulus package focused on strengthening automatic stabilizers and other measures that will not only help manage the coronavirus crisis, but also better prepare the United States for recessions that come after it. "Congress must swiftly pass a stimulus package that…

How To Maximize The Benefit Of Universal Stimulus Checks

Thought leaders across the political spectrum are embracing a novel idea to manage the recession caused by the novel coronavirus: just send everyone cash. Yesterday, Utah Sen. Mitt Romney proposed sending every American adult a check for $1000. Jason Furman, former Chair of the Council of Economic Advisors under President Obama, has proposed sending every American adult $1000…

C-SPAN: Tony Blair on Progressive Politics and Transatlantic Relations at PPI

"Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair sat down for a discussion at the George Washington University in Washington, DC, with the president and founder of the Progressive Policy Institute, Will Marshall. They discussed several topics, including the rise of populism in the U.K. and the U.S., Brexit, the impact of the coronavirus, the future of…

Bledsoe for The Hill: “Biden must first unite the party to defeat Trump”

While Super Tuesday’s dramatic results have boosted former Vice President Joe Biden more than anyone predicted, it’s still not enough, not yet. Nothing less than Biden going into the convention in Milwaukee with a sizable majority will convince most supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) to rally around “Uncle Joe” as the nominee. Fortunately, Biden’s current 70-delegate lead is…

Mandel for Forbes: “Voters In Key States Support An Active Manufacturing Policy”

Does the United States need a new manufacturing policy? The answer is yes, according to a new poll commissioned by the Progressive Policy Institute, where I am chief economic strategist. The poll, conducted by Pete Brodnitz, surveyed 1500 registered voters in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin in early-to-mid February, three swing states that will be critical for the…

Release: Winning Where it Matters: New Survey Probes Opinion in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania

Washington, D.C. - Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania put Donald Trump over the top in the Electoral College in 2016. Turning those states blue again should be a top strategic priority for those working to unseat Trump in 2020. In recognition of their pivotal status, the Progressive Policy Institute commissioned Democratic pollster and strategist Pete Brodnitz…

Op-Ed: Pragmatic Democrats come roaring back: Joe Biden’s the one who’s got people turning out

Joe Biden’s stunning Super Tuesday victories underscore a timeless truth about American politics: For presidential candidates, intensity of support matters, but breadth of support matters even more. Biden swept nine of the 14 states that held contests yesterday. With strong support from African-American, moderate and suburban voters, he rolled up big margins across the South…

Trump charter school funding shake-up worries school choice supporters

The Education Department’s fiscal 2021 budget request highlighted a dramatic new program: a block grant that would allow states to determine how they spend a major chunk of their federal education dollars. But some advocates for charter schools worry it could hurt  them, an irony given Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ support for the tuition-free, privately…

Ritz for Forbes: “Biden’s Agenda Most Closely Aligns With Buttigieg’s Millennial Vision”

Pete Buttigieg ran an unprecedented presidential campaign, starting the race as a small-town mayor and going on to win the most delegates from the Iowa caucus and effectively tie in the New Hampshire primary. Buttigieg was both the first openly gay and first millennial candidate to win either of these contests. Perhaps informed by his…

Long for Morning Consult: “Patchwork of State Crew Size Proposals Would Slow Interstate Commerce”

Policymakers often overlook a critical component of the nation’s infrastructure: railroads. Indeed, the Bureau of Transportation Statistics estimates 25.5 billion tons of freight will be moved by 2045, a 37 percent increase compared to 2018. But states are now trying to legislate a labor mandate best left to negotiations between workers and the rail industry. By our…

Ritz for Forbes: “Even With New Pay-Fors, Bernie’s Agenda Still Has A $25 Trillion Hole”

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has made some extraordinary promises in his campaign for president, including free health care, a federal jobs guarantee, universal forgiveness of all student debt, and radical expansions of nearly every government program from Social Security to housing subsidies. When asked at a CNN town hall last night how he would pay for this gargantuan expansion…

Lewis for Newsday: “Finding Common Ground on Net Neutrality”

Even before impeachment gained momentum, Americans overwhelmingly agreed that our country is “on the wrong track” and disapproved of the performance of the president and Congress. That’s largely because, even on issues where there is broad public agreement, the legislative and executive branches have been unable to find sensible solutions. Exhibit A is an issue…

Gold for The Hill: “Is Wall Street more accountable than Major League Baseball?”

It’s too early to predict the fallout from the Houston Astros cheating scandal. But one thing is already clear: The players who participated and drove the signal-stealing scheme will not be fined or suspended. Following an internal investigation, Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred concluded that with the wide scope of players involved, and the reality that many have…

Marshall for NY Daily News: “Mayor Pete’s cross-cutting appeal: Why Buttigieg is really the one to watch”

Sen. Bernie Sanders narrowly took first in the New Hampshire primary, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar rode a wave of last-minute support to a surprisingly strong third-place finish. But the prize for most impressive performance goes to Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who came in second. More than the other candidates, he displayed the kind of broad, cross-cutting…

Ritz for Forbes: “Trump’s Busted Election-Year Budget”

After signing nearly $5 trillion of new debt into law since taking office, President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2021 budget proposal provides the clearest look yet at how he intends to govern if re-elected in November. The ironically titled “Budget for America’s Future” is anything but: it proposes to slash critical public investments that lay the foundation for long-term growth,…

RELEASE: Young Neoliberals Link Up With PPI

WASHINGTON— The Neoliberal Project, a fast-growing network of young pragmatists, is joining forces with the Progressive Policy Institute. “Over the last several years, we have built the Neoliberal Project into an online community of politically engaged young individuals who are pushing back against the ideological extremes that put our country in peril,” said Colin Mortimer,…

Marshall for The Daily Beast: “Who’s Cheering for Bernie Sanders to Win Monday? Young Lefties-and Donald Trump”

Senate Republicans turned President Trump’s impeachment trial into a farcical exercise in partisan whitewashing. That leaves the job of canceling Trump’s reality show presidency to U.S. voters. A heavy responsibility thus lies on Democratic caucus and primary voters as they start selecting their party’s nominee next week. If they make the wrong choice, it means four…

Mandel for RealClearPolicy: “Do Subprime Auto Loans Threaten the U.S. Economy?”

With partisan divisions as deep as ever, both sides can agree on one thing: Everybody wants to avoid another financial crisis. And forecasters have recently identified subprime auto loans as an existential threat to the economy. The headlines are eye-catching and scary: “A $45,000 Loan for a $27,000 Ride: More Borrowers Are Going Underwater on…

Bledsoe for USA Today: “Don’t fuel Donald Trump’s culture war on climate change. Beat it instead.”

Australia’s raging infernos, like our Western wildfires and more devastating storms, prefigure a darker climate future for all of us without urgent action. But for President Donald Trump, the climate crisis is just another opportunity to stoke anger among the American people and further divide us. Trump has undermined every climate protection possible, not out…

Ritz for Forbes: “Four Days Before Iowa, Which Democrats’ Promises Add Up?”

The leading Democratic candidates for president have each made dozens of policy promises to voters over the past year as they campaigned for the opportunity to challenge President Trump in November. With the Iowa caucuses taking place next week, now is the right time to evaluate how these proposals add up: which candidates have given…

Press Release: How The Democratic Presidential Candidates Would Fund America’s Future

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 30, 2020 Contact: media@ppionline.org or 202-525-3931 How The Democratic Presidential Candidates Would Fund America’s Future   WASHINGTON— Just days before the crucial Iowa caucuses on Monday, February 3rd, the Progressive Policy Institute's Center for Funding America's Future has released a comprehensive new analysis of the top four candidates' campaign proposals and how they would finance…

Ritz for Forbes: “New CBO Report Projects $13 Trillion Deficit Over 10 Years”

Projections published today by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office confirm that the federal government is on course to spend $1 trillion more than it raises in revenue in Fiscal Year 2020. Trillion-dollar deficits continue as far as the eye can see, with CBO estimating a 10-year deficit of over $13 trillion. Legislative changes since August have increased…

Ritz for Forbes: “What Bernie Sanders Isn’t Telling You About Social Security”

In recent days, Sen. Bernie Sanders and his campaign surrogates have accused former Vice President Joe Biden of being dishonest about his views on Social Security. Although much has been written about Biden’s position, far less scrutiny has been applied to what Sanders proposes to do with the nation’s largest federal spending program. That’s a problem, because Sanders’ agenda…

Osborne, Pankovits for The 74: “In Camden, N.J., Portfolio Schools, an Important School Board Election and a Commitment to Continued Reform”

With 55 percent of its students in chartered public schools or renaissance schools — neighborhood schools operated by charter organizations — Camden, New Jersey, has implemented one of the most ambitious portfolio strategies in the nation in recent years. It has done so under state control, but New Jersey will probably return power to an…

Osborne & Pankovits: In Camden, N.J., Portfolio Schools, an Important School Board Election and a Commitment to Continued Reform

With 55 percent of its students in chartered public schools or renaissance schools — neighborhood schools operated by charter organizations — Camden, New Jersey, has implemented one of the most ambitious portfolio strategies in the nation in recent years. It has done so under state control, but New Jersey will probably return power to an…

Ritz for Forbes: “Democrats Finally Debated The Deficit. What Did They Say?”

Two days ago, I noted there had been little mention in the Democratic debates of the trillion-dollar deficits being run up by the Trump administration. That discussion finally started last night after moderator Abby Phillip asked Sen. Bernie Sanders how he would finance his proposals to double existing federal spending. Several candidates weighed in, offering insight into how their…

Press Release: The Slowdown in American Entrepreneurship: “How Would a Democratic President Respond – And What Should Be Done?”

WASHINGTON— Ahead of tonight's Democratic Debate in Des Moines, Iowa, the Progressive Policy Institute released a new report on the troubling outlook for entrepreneurship in the United States, according to PPI Director of Policy Innovation Dane Stangler. "Despite the continued macroeconomic expansion, there are worrying sub-surface trends," Stangler said in Real Clear Markets. "Not potential signs of recession in the…

Marshall for The Hill: “Pragmatic Democrats find their voice”

Six Democrats running for president – a skeleton crew by campaign 2020 standards – will gather in Des Moines tonight to make closing arguments. It’s the last debate before the February 3 Iowa caucuses, when Democratic voters finally get a chance to cut through the fog of polls and punditry and start picking the party’s…

Ritz for Forbes: “2019 Was Officially Trump’s First Trillion-Dollar Deficit. Will Democrats Debate It?”

It’s official: the Trump administration spent $1 trillion more in 2019 than it raised in revenue. That deficit is 50% larger than the deficit in 2017, which was President Trump’s first year in office, and represents the first calendar-year deficit to top $1 trillion since 2012. Annual deficits will only grow worse in the coming decade, in…

Discussing the Budget with Students at the New England College Convention

Ben Ritz, the Director of PPI's Center for Funding America's Future, presented to students during two breakout sessions at the New England College Convention in Manchester, New Hampshire this week. The first session was a joint presentation about the national debt as an intergenerational issue with Bob Bixby from The Concord Coalition and Brian Riedl from the Manhattan Institute. The panelists…

Ritz for Forbes: “The Trillion-Dollar Question Missing From The Presidential Debate”

Congress voted this week for a $1.9 trillion tax and spending deal, over a quarter of which was added to our $23 trillion national debt. Thanks to this and other fiscally irresponsible legislation signed into law by President Donald Trump, the federal government will run an annual budget deficit of over $1 trillion this year and every year that comes after it. Yet…

Marshall for the Daily News: “Britain’s Warning to American Democrats”

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s thumping victory last week confirms that 2016 was a political watershed. It marked the beginning of a new political alignment that is rewriting the rules of party competition here and abroad. That was the year voters stunned the UK political establishment by voting narrowly to leave the European Union. Then…

Ritz for Forbes: “Naughty Or Nice? Breaking Down Congress’s $1.9 Trillion Budget Deal”

The House of Representatives earlier this afternoon passed two bills to provide $1.4 trillion in funding for defense and non-defense spending programs that must be appropriated on an annual basis. As is often the case with must-pass legislation at the end of the year, these bills have become “Christmas trees” decorated with various policy riders and pet…

Ritz for Forbes: “Who Is Fighting For Fiscal Responsibility?”

The federal government is ending 2019 with a national debt of over $17 trillion for the first time in U.S. history - and if one includes intragovernmental debt, such as that held by the Social Security trust funds, this figure rises to $23 trillion. Beginning in 2020, the government is projected to add more than $1…

Valentine for the Washington Informer: “Talent First: How the Phalen Leadership Academy Closed Achievement Gaps Through Effective Teaching”

“We will retain 85 percent of our effective teachers and remove 100 percent of my ineffective teachers.” Those words from Earl Martin Phalen, founder of the George and Veronica Phalen Leadership Academy (PLA) in Indianapolis, represent more than a strategic goal. They are PLA’s foundational priority: the quality of its teachers will be the driver…

Bledsoe for the New York Times: “Our Future Depends on the Arctic”

Delegates from nearly every nation spent the last two weeks here at a United Nations climate summit struggling to chart a course to meet the extraordinarily difficult goal of net zero emissions of carbon dioxide by the year 2050. Yet long before then, the effects of global warming could spin out of control. As the United Nations’…

Ritz for Forbes: “Three Tax Cuts a Santa Claus Congress Could Deliver in 2019”

Congress must pass a comprehensive funding bill by the end of next week to avoid a repeat of last year’s government shutdown. Such a must-pass bill at the end of the year often becomes a “Christmas tree” decorated with various policy riders and pet projects for members of both parties in Congress. But under this year’s…

Marshall for The Hill: “Is Corbyn handing Brexit to Boris Johnson?”

When British voters go to the polls Thursday, it probably will be their last chance to stop Brexit. If they don’t, Jeremy Corbyn will bear much of the blame. Wait – isn’t the Labour Party leader running to oust the man actually driving the UK toward Brexit, Prime Minister Boris Johnson? Yes, but polls show Johnson’s Conservatives holding…

Pankovits and Osborne for The Washington Post: “Poor children are still left behind in DCPS schools”

D.C. Public Schools received well-deserved praise for its recent scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), a.k.a. “The Nation’s Report Card.” Of the 27 urban districts that took the test in 2019, DCPS improved the fastest, continuing a trend that stretches back more than a decade. In 2003, when only a handful of urban districts participated, DCPS fourth-graders…

Press Release: “PPI, German Partners To Explore Metro Innovation and Governance”

Across the United States and Europe, metropolitan regions have emerged as hubs of public innovation and collaborative problem-solving. A new model for progressive governance is emerging from some of our most dynamic cities, large and small.  To draw transatlantic policymakers’ attention to this promising development, the Progressive Policy Institute has joined forces with Das Progressive…

Ritz for Forbes: “In Warren and Harris Falls, A Warning To Candidates About Overpromising”

The Warren bubble has burst. Two months ago, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren was rocketing to the top of the presidential polls, at one point tying former Vice President Joe Biden for first place nationally and leading in both Iowa and New Hampshire. But she’s been in freefall for several weeks following the release of a controversial plan for financing Medicare for All,…

Lewis for The Gazette: “Finding Common Ground on Net Neutrality”

Even before impeachment gained momentum, Americans overwhelmingly agreed that our country is “on the wrong track” and disapproved of the performance of the president and Congress. That’s largely because, even on issues where there is broad public agreement, the legislative and executive branches have been unable to find sensible solutions. Exhibit A is an issue…

Kane for The Hill: “Presidential candidates should use their platforms to elevate oral health”

The debate over “Medicare for All” has sucked the oxygen from many other important health policy issues. Though 28 million Americans lack health insurance in the United States, there is an untold crisis of more than four times that population — 114 million Americans — without dental coverage. Millions of Americans are suffering from decaying…

Osborne for Wall Street Journal: “The Big Lie About Charter Schools”

Democratic presidential candidates claim they take money away from public schools. That’s nonsense. When Sen. Elizabeth Warren released her education plan, she trotted out a familiar charge against charter schools: that they “strain the resources of school districts.” To fight this supposed scourge, she promised to end federal financial support for new charter schools. And…

Bledsoe for The Hill: “Extend solar tax credits, but end costly Carter-era subsidies”

Federal solar power tax credits have been a huge American success story, creating hundreds of thousands of jobs and tens of billions of dollars a year in clean energy investment, while avoiding hundreds of millions of tons of greenhouse gas emissions. But despite its remarkable growth, solar energy still only provides about 1.5 percent of U.S. electricity. Solar…

Marshall for The Hill: “‘Old World’ demons are stirring again”

Distracted by the high drama of impeachment, Americans may not be following European political developments very closely. It’s time to tune in, though, because “Old World” demons are stirring again. In Spain’s recent election, the anti-immigrant Vox party scored dramatic gains, more than doubling its seats in the national legislature. This caught everyone’s attention, because the…

Press Release: “Tressa Pankovits joins PPI’s RAS Project, Responds to Warren Anti-Charter Rhetoric”

Tressa joins the team working to modernize our education system for the knowledge economy and an ever-changing world.   WASHINGTON— Tressa Pankovits joins the Progressive Policy Institute as the Associate Director of the Reinventing America's Schools Project (RAS). With more than 10 years of experience in domestic and international education policy, management, and operations, Tressa…

Marshall for The Daily Beast: How Democrats Can Replace Trump’s Failing Foreign Policy

It’s hard to know what kind of foreign policy Americans want today. The evidence is mixed. On the other hand, what they don’t want is growing clearer every day—Donald Trump’s brand of self-dealing, morally vacant diplomacy. Read PPI President Will Marshall's piece in The Daily Beast here. 

Craig for The Hill: “Can higher ed bill reauthorization close America’s skills gap?”

House Democrats last week rolled out a sweeping proposal to transform federal higher education policy. Among the proposals included in the bill is a provision that would make community college free nationwide, an expansion of federal Pell grants, and a new set of policies to hold schools more financially accountable for the outcomes of their graduates. The…

Press Release: PPI Calls for Bolder, Innovative Initiatives to Bridge Modern Skills Gap

PPI Calls for Bolder, Innovative Initiatives to Bridge Modern Skills Gap To close America’s skills gap and allow tens of millions of displaced Americans to join the dynamic economy, progressives need bolder, more innovative initiatives.   WASHINGTON— The Progressive Policy Institute is calling for a more aggressive approach to bridging America’s skills gap following House…

Marshall for The Hill: “Trump’s Syria blunder is escapism not strategy”

President Trump’s decision to pull U.S. troops out of northern Syria – opening the door to the Turkish invasion that began Wednesday – bears all the distinctive hallmarks of his “America First” foreign policy. It’s impulsive, strategically vapid and morally obtuse. In justifying bolting from Syria, Trump says he wants to extricate the United States…

Press Release: “Court Ruling Continues ‘Groundhog Day’ Cycle for Consumers”

PPI Executive Director Lindsay Lewis calls decision a ‘wake up call’ for Congress to pass bipartisan net neutrality bill WASHINGTON - PPI’s Lindsay Lewis Statement on Court Decision Today on FCC: “This is a wakeup call for Congress to break the entrenched gridlock on net neutrality and pass a bipartisan bill that will permanently protect an…

Kane for The Hill: “Fixing America’s heath-care system is going to require radical reform: price caps”

Americans spend more money on health care because prices are higher here than anywhere else in the world. Our system is fraught with waste, our providers (physicians and hospitals) are paid more; and goods like biopharmaceuticals and medical devices are more expensive. On average, U.S. hospital prices are 60 percent higher than countries in Europe and physicians make twice as much as their…

Marshall for Medium: “Trump Has Earned Impeachment”

Originally shared on PPI's Medium channel. Donald Trump’s shambolic presidency has been one long, nauseating exercise in defining American democracy down. He’s relentlessly undermined the norms that uphold our Constitutional order, while abusing the powers of the presidency to pursue his own selfish interests at the expense of our nation’s interests. There is no clearer…

Press Release: “Price caps will make health care more affordable for all Americans”

For Immediate Release (9/12/19) Contact: media@ppionline.org, 202-525-3926 WASHINGTON – Price caps on out-of-network provider prices would cut in-network prices, according to Arielle Kane, Director of Health Care, in a new analysis from the Progressive Policy Institute (PPI). This aggressive proposal to go after the root cause of high health care spending: high prices.  Americans spend…

Ritz for Forbes, “Projected Deficits Grew $872 Billion In Three Months. Here’s How To Rein Them In”

A new report from the Congressional Budget Office projects federal budget deficits between 2019 and 2029 to be $872 billion higher than was projected just three months ago. As a result, Donald Trump will be forced to campaign for re-election next year with his government running a trillion-dollar deficit. Democrats should hold the “king of debt” accountable…

Marshall for NY Daily News: “Why the moderates must prevail”

Thanks to CNN’s penchant for elaborately staged political melodrama, it’s easy to dismiss Round 2 of the Democratic presidential debates last week as a lot of sound and fury signifying nothing. But amid all the sniping and squabbling, a larger theme did emerge: Democrats won’t beat an unpopular president with unpopular ideas. The pragmatic candidates…

Press Release: More Americans Quit Smoking with Assist from E-Cigarettes

More Americans Quit Smoking with Assist from E-Cigarettes For Immediate Release (8/1/19) Contact: media@ppionline.org, 202-525-3926 WASHINGTON – Electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes offer the most effective means currently available for reducing cigarette smoking, according to economist Rob Shapiro, President of Sonecon, in a new analysis for the Progressive Policy Institute.  Center for Disease Control data show…

Facing the Future Podcast: Ben Ritz on A Progressive Budget for Equitable Growth

During the most recent Facing the Future, Ben Ritz discussed PPI’s latest policy proposal, “A Progressive Budget for Equitable Growth.” The blueprint addresses a variety of issues, such as the national debt, taxes, health care, infrastructure, climate change, and more. Listen here

Goldberg for the Washington Examiner: “Forcing More Litigation Isn’t the Answer to Litigation Abuse”

To avoid the expense and stress of going to court, Americans are turning to arbitration to settle workplace, and other, disputes. Free enterprise depends on businesses, employees, and consumers to be able to resolve disputes quickly and fairly. Plaintiffs' lawyers, who file lawsuits for a living, are trying to convince Congress to take that option…

Media Advisory: Building a #BetterBudget, A Forum on Investing in America’s Future and Tackling Our National Debt

WASHINGTON—The Progressive Policy Institute and House Blue Dog Coalition will host a lunchtime discussion today at the Longworth House Office Building about what leaders in Congress can do to invest in equitable growth while reducing our national debt. America suffers from a shortsighted fiscal policy that promotes consumption today instead of investing in tomorrow. The…

Kim for Governing: “Anti-Fluoride Activism is Bad, and Not Just for Public Health”

In 1901, a Colorado Springs dentist named Frederick McKay noticed many of his patients had peculiarly mottled brown teeth -- but far fewer cavities than the norm. The cause, Dr. McKay determined after years of investigation, was high levels of natural fluoride in the town’s water. His discovery eventually led to the widespread fluoridation of…

Osborne for The Washington Post, “‘Privatization’ doesn’t make charter schools bad. It makes them like Obamacare and Medicare.”

When Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) recently unveiled his education reform plan, it predictably castigated charter schools, claiming that they were “privatizing public schools.” Sanders joined a long line of leaders who tar charters with the privatization brush. Before, during and after the Los Angeles teachers strike last winter, union President Alex Caputo-Pearl did so repeatedly.…

Bledsoe for Forbes: “Tax Credits for Affordable Electric Vehicles Gain Speed, But Legislation Must Avoid Stop Signs

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.…

Valentine for Washington Informer: “Recognizing Donald Hense”

The African American community’s fight for quality education is a 12-months-a-year struggle, and every month — not just Black History Month — is a great time to reflect on what’s working and who is successful in fighting for quality public education in our community. Donald Hense and the Friendship Charter Network are worthy of recognition.…

Bledsoe for The Hill: “Biden’s domestic climate plan is good, but his global strategies are crucial”

As many climate activists had hoped, Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden came forward this week with an ambitious domestic climate change plan that proposes to cut U.S. emissions deeply while growing America’s clean energy sector. Yet, as important as the domestic elements of Biden's plan and those of his rivals are, they are ultimately most valuable ecologically…

Marshall for The Hill: “Our love-hate relationship with ‘Big Tech'”

Politicians on both sides of the Atlantic are drawing a bead on big U.S. tech companies. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) says they have grown too powerful and calls for breaking them up — a stance that’s rapidly become a new liberal litmus test. Meanwhile, European regulators have been slapping stiff fines on Facebook, Google and Apple for a variety…

Kane for The Hill: “Candidates should follow Sen. Harris’s lead on maternal health”

Senator and presidential candidate Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) reintroduced her 2018 bill that seeks to address rising maternal mortality rates, particularly among black women. Harris’s Maternal CARE Act, and the accompanying House version, would authorize $150 million toward programs that seek to help medical professionals identify high-risk pregnancies and establish implicit-bias training curriculum for medical schools. Her bill seeks…

Marshall, Langhorne for NY Daily News: “Bernie Sanders’ reactionary education plan”

Central to Sen. Bernie Sanders’ cantankerous mystique is his anti-establishment stance and uncompromising vision for radical economic change. When it comes to public schools, however, Sanders is no revolutionary. On the contrary, he sides with the education establishment in defending a status quo that is failing poor and minority students. The democratic socialist from Vermont recently…

Marshall for The Hill: “How center-leftists can stem the nationalist tide in Europe”

The rise of nationalist movements in Europe has coincided with a steep decline in public support for center-left parties. Despite harboring much residual goodwill toward them, European voters no longer see these parties as offering clear answers to the most vexing questions of the day. That is a key takeaway from a sweeping new survey…

Social Europe Podcast #41: Will Marshall on Progressive Politics and Populism

What's the state of progressive politics and populism in the United States and Europe? PPI President Will Marshall sat down with Social Europe Editor-in-Chief Henning Meyer during #PGS19 to share his thoughts on the path ahead for progressives on both sides of the Atlantic on episode 41 of Social Europe Podcast. Listen here.

Langhorne for Forbes, “Ed Reformers Rejoice: New CREDO Report Shows Student Progress In New Orleans Has Continued”

Nearly 14 years ago, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Louisiana’s elected leaders decided to rebuild New Orleans’s failing public education system from the ground up, as a system of public charter schools.  Prior to the storm, the district was considered one of the nation’s worst. Half the students dropped out, and four in 10 adults…

PPI’s Ben Ritz Discusses Social Security Trustees Report on C-SPAN

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…

Langhorne for Forbes, “Bookshare: How One Nonprofit Is Improving The Lives Of Students With ‘Reading Barriers'”

Emery Lower loves to read. She loves Harry Potter, Bridge to Terabithia and Pride and Prejudice. Since beginning sixth grade, she’s developed an interest in graphic novels, especially mangas; in particular, she recommends The Tea Dragon Society. Each year that Emery has taken the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness exams, she’s earned a "masters grade level" score on the…

Column: The Education Investment States Should Be Making

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…

Marshall for The Daily Beast: “Democrats Can Repair Free Enterprise-or Destroy Themselves”

The U.S. economy is chugging toward a new record for longest expansion, and middle-class families, finally, are seeing decent wage gains. Yet our political leaders, as if stuck in a time warp, keep peddling a bleak narrative of economic victimhood and defeatism. 2020 is Democrats' chance to channel and implement radically pragmatic, empowering, and innovative…

Langhorne for Forbes, “Fixing the Weak Link in the Charter Chain”

In Washington, D.C., D.C. Bilingual Public Charter School recently celebrated its 15th birthday by throwing a quinceañera for staff, students and families. In the traditional fashion, this coming-of-age Latin American celebration involved a lot of food, music and dancing. The school had good reason to celebrate. The Public Charter School Board, D.C.’s charter school authorizer, ranked D.C. Bilingual…

Press Release: Australian App Economy Has Room to Grow, According to New Research

WASHINGTON— The Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) today released an important update to the 2017 report, “The Rise of the Australian App Economy". Our latest report shows the Australian App Economy has room to grow, and a broad base of opportunity continues to stay open for developers, entrepreneurs, and others who want to enter the economy…

Langhorne for Forbes, “The Montessori Comeback”

Because Montessori schools are often associated with progressive suburbanites and well-to-do private schools, many people don’t know that Dr. Maria Montessori originally developed her pedagogical approach while running a school for some of the poorest children in Rome. Unfortunately, with the exception of some Montessori magnet schools created as part of desegregation initiatives in the 1960s…

Langhorne for Medium, “Why We Need to Make Public School Choice an Easier Choice for Low-Income Families”

Most people who know me know that I’m a big believer in public school choice. To me, it’s a no brainer that when school districts create school attendance zones based on students’ home addresses, they are creating systems in which poor students will most likely attend poorly performing schools. Forcing students to attend a chronically…

Ritz for Forbes, “Donald Trump’s Budget For A Declining America”

After the president’s budget was released on Monday, House Budget Committee Chairman John Yarmuth (D-KY) called it “A Budget for a Declining America.” Unfortunately, that might be an understatement. The Trump administration's Fiscal Year 2020 budget proposal is a compilation of the worst ideas to come out of the Republican Party over the last decade. It would dismantle public investments that…

Langhorne for Forbes, “Separating Fact From Fiction: Five Important Findings About The Nation’s Charter School Landscape”

Charter schools serve about three million students across 42 states and the District of Columbia. To clarify, charter schools are public schools operated by independent organizations, usually nonprofits. Most are schools of choice, and unlike magnet schools in traditional districts, they are not allowed to select their students. If too many students apply, they hold…

Press Release: Americans deserve solutions, not rhetoric, to solve Net Neutrality

For Immediate Release (3/6/19) WASHINGTON - "Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Congressman Mike Doyle (PA-14) today unveiled a bill that will only continue to delay real action on net neutrality.  Congress last passed significant legislation on our communications networks in 1996 and this new proposed bill is a continuation of the DC game of rhetoric…

Langhorne for Forbes, “The Real Faces Behind the ‘Corporate Reform’ of America’s Public Schools”

With 2019 barely underway, the nation has already witnessed another set of highly publicized teacher strikes. Teachers unions and anti-charter activists have wasted no time in painting public charter schools as the culprit, blaming them for “draining money from public schools.” To clarify, charter schools are public schools. They’re supported by taxpayer money and overseen by…

New Ideas for a Do-Something Congress No. 5: Make Rural America’s Higher Education Deserts Bloom

As many as 41 million Americans live in “higher education deserts” – at least half an hour’s drive from the nearest college or university and with limited access to community college. Many of these deserts are in rural America, which is one reason so much of rural America is less prosperous than it deserves to…

Mandel and Blaustein for InsideSources, “Entrepreneurs Need to Escape The Start up Trap”

For many, becoming a small business owner has always been a part of the American Dream and for entrepreneurs launching a successful startup today is, in many ways, the 21st-century version of this ambition. But even if the business gets off the ground, it is becoming more and more challenging for company owners to scale…

Press Release: Will the Senate Defend Our Constitution?

WASHINGTON—Will Marshall, President of the Progressive Policy Institute, today released the followed statement after President Trump declared a national emergency to fund the border wall: "By declaring a national emergency to build a border wall, President Trump has crossed the Rubicon. He has turned a cheap partisan stunt into a bona fide Constitutional crisis. "Congress…

New Ideas for a Do-Something Congress No. 4: “Expand Access to Telehealth Services in Medicare”

America’s massive health care industry faces three major challenges: how to cover everyone, reduce costs, and increase productivity. Telehealth – the use of technology to help treat patients remotely – may help address all three. Telehealth reduces the need for expensive real estate and enables providers to better leverage their current medical personnel to provide…

Langhorne for The 74, “At D.C.’s Ingenuity Prep, Personalized Learning Hasn’t Replaced Teacher Time; It’s Put the Focus Back on Small Groups”

When Aaron Cuny and Will Stoetzer were thinking about how they wanted to structure their own D.C. charter school back in 2012, they kept returning to the same question: “When were we doing the best work for kids?” “For both of us, it came down to teaching in a small group setting, where you could…

Langhorne for The 74, “Creating the Next Generation of Digital Innovators at Washington, D.C.’s First Computer Science-Focused Middle School”

When I finish writing the statement, that cat will move,” promises Deshaunte’ Goldsmith, a sixth-grader at Digital Pioneers Academy Public Charter School. She presses enter on the keyboard and, sure enough, the animated cat on her screen begins to pace back and forth. Goldsmith is a member of the founding class at the school knows…

New Ideas for a Do-Something Congress No. 3: “End The Federal Bias Against Career Education”

As many as 4.4 million U.S. jobs are going unfilled due to shortages of workers with the right skills. Many of these opportunities are in so-called “middle-skill” occupations, such as IT or advanced manufacturing, where workers need some sort of post-secondary credential but not a four-year degree. Expanding access to high-quality career education and training…

Marshall for The Hill, “Donald Trump has zero faith in the power of American ideas”

Let’s hope special counsel Robert Mueller gets to the bottom soon of Donald Trump’s strange dalliance with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The plot thickened last week as the GOP-led Senate narrowly rejected a Democratic bid to prevent the administration from lifting sanctions on Russian oligarch and Putin crony Oleg Deripaska, who also did business with…

Osborne for The Los Angeles Times, “Striking Teachers Scapegoated Charter Schools, But They’re Not The Problem”

Listening to the rhetoric of the teachers unions, one might have thought the teachers’ strike in Los Angeles was about charter schools. “When someone says there’s no money, why isn’t there money?” National Education Assn. President Lily Eskelsen García asked on MSNBC the first day of the strike. “A big reason is because they’ve given…

Yarrow for Washington Post Magazine, “The Rise of the Grandfamily”

A D.C. housing development serves as a refuge for grandparents raising young children. Is it a model for the rest of the country? It’s a few days after Christmas, and Akirah Carter is sitting in her living room, still wearing her Santa-and-reindeer-patterned pajamas and pointed elf slippers as she tinkers with her gifts: a PlayStation…

Langhorne for The 74, “A, B, C, F: Why This High School Never Gives Ds and Teaches Its Students to Think Like Lawyers”

“Coats off, scarves off, hats off! Belts on; shirts tucked,” Stacey Stewart, Thurgood Marshall Academy’s director of student affairs, yells at the two lines of students waiting to check-in and begin the school day. “Ms. Stewart, I’m early today,” a student says as he approaches check-in. “It’s 8:29. You are not early; you are on…

Osborne for The 74, “Public School Choice – Charters – Boosts Equal Educational Opportunity. Private School Choice – Vouchers – Destroys It. Which Do We Want?”

As a wise person once said, our words think our thoughts for us. A quarter-century ago, then-Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich taught the Republican Party to be very deliberate in its choice of words. Ever since, Republicans have carefully avoided the word “vouchers” — which are not terribly popular — in favor of the…

Langhorne for The 74, “A D.C. School Meant to Inspire Teachers and Students”

Artwork and projects decorate the light blue walls of Inspired Teaching Demonstration School, an inquiry-based learning public charter school now in its eighth year. A colorful “body map,” with the organs labeled, covers the door of one prekindergarten classroom. On the wall outside the other pre-K classroom hang drawings of guitars because the class read…

PPI Launches Series of New Ideas for a ‘Do-Something’ Congress

Dear Democratic Class of 2018, Congratulations on your election to the U.S. House of Representatives! In addition to winning your own race, you are part of something larger – the first wave of a progressive resurgence in U.S. politics. The midterm elections gave U.S. voters their first opportunity to react to the way Donald Trump…

Bledsoe for Forbes, “As U.S. Emissions Spike Under Trump, Democrats Will Pursue Real Climate Policies-Not Just Green Talk”

Leading researchers today released a report finding that U.S. greenhouse gas emissions rose by more than 3.4% in 2018, the first annual increase since 2006 and the largest rise in 20 years. This news comes both as President Trump continues to rollback greenhouse gas reduction policies for power plants, vehicles and other sectors—and as domestic…

Langhorne for The 74, “Inside One of America’s First Catholic-to-Charter School Conversions: ‘Intentionally Small,’ Built Around Character & Thriving”

Three rows of second-graders stand facing the front of the classroom. A speaker emits sounds. First, a door creaking. Then, footsteps thudding and a wolf howling, all followed by the unmistakable opening riff of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” The students put their hands on their knees and take four big steps forward before swinging their arms…

Kim for Governing, “The Rise of Do-Gooder Corporations”

Doing good pays dividends for both corporations and governments. Just ask Philadelphia. Azavea is a 65-person software development company based in Philadelphia. Its business is helping governments and nonprofits use geospatial data to achieve various public goals, such as improving traffic flow or reducing pollution. Many would call Azavea a dream employer. It shares its…

Mandel for Forbes, “Why 2019 Will Be The Year Of The Manufacturing Platform”

The big tech platforms get all the attention these days. But the biggest tech news of 2019 may turn out to be the rise of the manufacturing platforms—companies that rewrite the rules of production and product development, and in the process create new opportunities for local manufacturing. The economic backdrop is the looming threat of…

PPI Closes Out a Year Filled with Growth & Opportunity

Dear Friends, What a year 2018 has been for the Progressive Policy Institute, marking – I can hardly believe it – our 29th year as a catalyst for progressive innovation and reform in U.S. politics. Thankfully, the year is also ending on a high note for our country. Last month’s midterm elections restored a modicum…

Ritz for Forbes, “A Fitting End For Disgraceful House Republicans”

This year concludes the same way it began: with a partial shutdown of the federal government. There is no doubt that President Donald Trump is primarily responsible for this shutdown – less than two weeks ago, during a nationally televised meeting in the Oval Office, he explicitly said so himself. “If we don’t get what…

Fontenot for The Hill, “American children are getting a raw deal under GOP leadership”

American children born today are getting a raw deal. As they come of age to drive or vote, they will be saddled with unimaginable levels of public debt because of the decisions their political leaders are making today. I know this because the official keepers of the budget accounts for Congress — the Congressional Budget…

PPI Kicks Off 2020 Economic Debate With Iowa Fiscal Forum

Contact: Cody Tucker, ctucker@ppionline.org or 202-775-0106 PPI Kicks Off 2020 Economic Debate With Iowa Fiscal Forum Former Gov. Tom Vilsack, Former Lt. Gov. Patty Judge, & Iowa Rep. Chris Hall Headlined DES MOINES – A public forum sponsored by the Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) today kicked off the 2020 presidential debate over fiscal issues in…

Mandel for NJ Spotlight, “It Would Be A Mistake to Make Brick-and-Mortar Retailers in NJ Accept Cash”

It would be better to go cashless, while creating new low-cost banking options for poor residents Is cash a bane or a boon? The underlying trends are clear. Across the country, from high-end salad chain Sweetgreen to the new Amazon Go stores, more and more retailers are going cashless as technology improves. For a company…

Kane for NY Daily News, “When Republicans decide to love an activist judge: The Affordable Care Act ruling exposes GOP hypocrisy”

Republicans love to complain about “activist judges,” that is, until they find one willing to do their political bidding. On Friday, members of the GOP hailed a ruling by U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor striking down the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as unconstitutional. They didn’t seem to care that O’Connor had to use some highly…

Bledsoe for The Hill, “Takeaway from Poland: Climate success requires action by global leaders – including US president”

The biggest takeaway from two weeks of climate negotiations in Poland is simple, if breathtaking: climate change is such a massive and existential issue that it can only be effectively dealt with by major nation heads of state, not just a collection of 195 environment ministers. Yes, the basic rules for accounting, monitoring and verification…

Osborne and Langhorne for The Washington Post, “Who is Lewis Ferebee, D.C.’s New Chancellor?”

After 11 years of centralization, Lewis D. Ferebee, the choice of D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) to be the next D.C. schools chancellor (subject to confirmation by the D.C. Council), will bring a fresh perspective to D.C. Public Schools. As superintendent of Indianapolis Public Schools, his signature strategy was empowering principals and teachers. Tall…

Marshall for USA Today, “Pig-headed Republicans are pushing America toward government-run national health care”

New Texas ruling is the latest example of Republican efforts to kill Obamacare. But while the GOP is winning on tactics, it's losing hearts and minds. What is the strongest political force driving America toward national health care? No, it’s not Sen. Bernie Sanders and his “Democratic Socialist” minions. It’s the Republican Party. Hang on,…

Marshall & Kim for LA Times, “Rather than focus on an anti-Trump resistance, Democrats need to show voters they can accomplish something.”

Emboldened by their new majority in the House of Representatives, Democrats are understandably eager to exercise their power. Some House members believe the way to do that is with an aggressive, sharply partisan agenda aimed at both calling out President Trump for his egregious behavior and demanding immediate action on longshot legislation such as single-payer…

Ritz for Forbes, “Trump Once Again Shows Contempt For Young Americans”

A new report published by the Daily Beast earlier this week revealed how little President Trump cares about America’s future. When senior administration officials warned Trump about the nation’s growing and unsustainable national debt, the president reportedly expressed little interest in tackling the issue because it wouldn’t create a full-blown crisis until after he is gone from office.…

Yarrow for RealClearPolicy, “Welcome to Post-Thrift America”

How did we arrive at a new normal of indifference to living on borrowed money? Federal budget deficits are poised to eclipse $1 trillion in 2020 and may never fall below that level again. There was hardly a word about this once-hot issue among Democrats or Republicans running in the midterm elections. Similar problems of…

Osborne on The Report Card, “More Charters, or More Chartering?”

Reinventing America's Schools Project Director David Osborne appeared on the  The Report Card, American Enterprise Institute's education podcast hosted by Nat Malkus. On this episode, Malkus and Osborne discuss the history of charter schools and the future of chartering. They also highlight some of the lessons learned and challenges faced by charter proponents over the…

Bledsoe for The Hill, “Climate studies say warming may cost US $500 billion a year – it will cost much more”

Three stunningly dire climate change reports have emerged in the last month, including the UN “Emissions Gap” report released this week and the U.S. National Climate Assessment released last Friday. Together, they ring an alarm bell of historic proportions, and must serve as an unprecedented wake-up call to the U.S. and global leaders meeting in…

Marshall & Kim for The Hill, “Midterms show moderates are far from being politically extinct”

For years, partisans and ideologues have assured us that the political center is dead, so don’t bother making persuasive arguments to swing voters. Just get your base out, and may the most “energized” team win. The 2018 midterm elections, however, showed that the center’s demise has been greatly exaggerated. The big story was the revolt…

New PPI Poll: America’s Resilient Center & the Road to 2020

National survey shows suburban voters repelled by President Trump’s divisive behavior, open to Democrats’ “Big Tent” approach WASHINGTON —The Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) today released a national opinion survey that highlights the surprising resilience of America’s pragmatic political center two years into Donald Trump’s deeply polarizing presidency. The poll reinforces a key takeaway from the…

Bledsoe for Forbes, “House Democrats Must Be Strategic To Win on Energy and Climate Change”

By all accounts, House Democrats return to Washington this week to begin planning their priorities for 2019 in an aggressive frame of mind. But on climate change and energy issues, rather than simply responding to Trump’s latest provocation (like those regarding California wildfires), they must step back and take a strategic approach. This means Democrats…

Ritz for Forbes, “Victorious Democrats Should Thank Young Voters By Funding America’s Future”

On Tuesday, Democrats won control of the U.S. House of Representatives and state legislatures across the country thanks to record-breaking turnout among young voters. Now it is time for newly elected Democrats to stand up for the interests of their constituents by supporting an economic agenda that funds America’s future. The reckless policies of the current administration,…

Marshall for the New York Daily News, “The midterms point us toward a more Democratic future: Four lessons from the elections”

Although not quite the stinging rebuke that Democrats and Never-Trump Republicans were hoping for, the midterm elections show that President Trump’s strategy of maximum polarization has reached the point of diminishing political returns. Trump predictably claimed victory, but in the real world Democrats won the popular vote again, by more than seven percentage points, captured…

Mandel for Forbes, “Digital Manufacturing And The Internet Of Goods”

Manufacturing is going digital—but it isn't easy. Domestic manufacturers employ 150,000 software developers and programmers, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Seems like a hefty number, right? But 120,000 of those tech experts, or 80%, are concentrated in only two industries: computer and electronics manufacturing; and transportation equipment.  These are also the industries that have…

Bledsoe for Forbes, “Trump’s Blowhard Tactics on Climate Change and Storms Foreshadow A Political Blue Wave”

In the last two years the U.S. has suffered from record hurricanes, rainfall, floods, wildfires and other disasters made worse by rising temperatures and sea levels. These extreme events, exacerbated by climate change, have cost thousands of American lives and hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars. Now, as election day looms, the gross mishandling of…

Kim for Governing, “How ‘Opportunity Zones’ Could Transform Communities”

The new federal program could lure fresh investment to distressed areas. But the clock is ticking. Twenty years ago, the rural hamlet of South Boston, Va., was a thriving blue-collar, middle-class community. Most of its residents were employed in manufacturing, such as at the nearby Burlington Industries textile plant and Russell Stover candy factory, or…

PPI Announces New Office Opening in Berlin, Germany

WASHINGTON —The Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) today announced the opening of a new office in Berlin, Germany to further its longstanding commitment to transatlantic engagement and cooperation.  “With an uncertain geopolitical landscape in Europe post-Brexit—and ever changing political dynamics in the United States—it is as critical as ever for Americans and Europeans to reaffirm their…

Langhorne for Forbes, “The ‘Dating App’ That Helps Teachers Find A Best-Fit School”

After two years of teaching pre-kindergarten, Cristina Guadalupe was ready to transition to the elementary level. Dedicated to working with low-income students, she began applying to schools in underserved communities across Camden, New Jersey. She sent out application after application but heard nothing back. “Each application took me hours to complete, and I couldn’t even…

Marshall for The New York Daily News, “Is Trump killing the Republican Party? It still looks like his divide-and-conquer politics is doing exactly that”

Led by a divisive and dissembling president, America appears to have arrived at peak polarization. At first glance, that would seem to favor Republicans, who dominate Washington and most state governments. But as next month’s midterm elections are likely to show, President Trump’s divide-and-conquer tactics are driving the GOP into a political box canyon. His…

Goldberg for RealClearPolicy, “The Supreme Court’s Next Climate Change Case?”

The U.S. Supreme Court is about to get a look at the latest attempt by environmentalists and their political allies to bypass legislatures and use the courts to enact their climate-change agenda. So far, they have sued America’s energy producers in hopes of having judges, not regulators, set carbon emission limits and making energy producers…

Litan for the Hill, “Talk of breaking up ‘Big Tech’ is misguided, premature”

How fast the tables have turned. Only a few years ago, the major technology platform companies — Alphabet (Google), Amazon, Apple and Facebook — were widely admired. Now, they are in the dock, accused of limiting competition; chilling startups and the innovation they bring; widening income and wealth inequality; threatening our privacy; enabling foreign actors…

Gerwin for The Wall Street Journal, “Trump’s Tariffs Give Democrats a Chance to Lead on Trade”

‘We lost $817 billion a year, over the last number of years, in trade,” President Trump said at a summer rally. “In other words, if we didn’t trade, we’d save a hell of a lot of money." Mr. Trump's bombast has flipped the Republican pro-trade script. For Democrats, this change offers a significant political opening…

Weinstein for RealClearPolicy, “Time to Get DC’s Finances Under Control”

Once upon a time in Washington, D.C., a compulsive liar was in charge of the local government, the city’s legislature was beyond dysfunctional, and the District had debt as far as the eye could see. Today, a similar situation has returned to Washington, but this time it is the federal government, not the D.C. government,…

Kim for USA Today, “Socialists won’t be on many ballots this fall. Moderate Democrats are surging.”

Democratic primary voters didn't buy the ultra-left's 'free-for-all' agenda. What’s happening is not so much a liberal surge, but a moderate one. Candidates affiliated with the Democratic Socialists and the progressive left have pushed hard this cycle for a campaign agenda heavy on government giveaways, such as free health care (“Medicare for All”), free college,…

Marshall for New York Daily News, “New Old Labour: The U.K. party’s tight embrace of retrograde ideas, and what it might mean for Democratic Socialists in the U.S.”

Democrats, like progressive parties across the transatlantic world, are struggling to find an answer to populist nationalism. Could that answer lie in reviving another old political creed, socialism? Some young Democratic activists, inspired by Sen. Bernie Sanders, are flirting with “democratic socialism.” But they have nothing on Britain’s Labour Party, which consummated its on-again relationship…

Langhorne for The 74, “From Troubled School to Turnaround to Texas ‘Teaching Lab'”

“Good morning, scholars!” principal-in-training Jackie Navar yells, kicking off the community meeting at Ogden Elementary School, part of the 78207 zip code on San Antonio’s struggling West Side. Hundreds of children echo Navar’s salutations. “What’s a college-ready word for ‘good’?” Navar asks the room. Hands shoot up into the air: “Amazing.” “Fantastic.” “Great.” “Excellent. Here’s…

Press Release: New PPI Report Explores Why Suburban America Needs Charter Schools Too

WASHINGTON—Despite dramatically improving academic achievement and performance in America’s urban areas, public charter schools have had difficulty expanding into the country’s more affluent suburban communities. A new report released today by the Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) investigates why. Authored by PPI education analyst Emily Langhorne, the report analyzes the performance of existing suburban charter schools,…

PPI Statement on NAFTA Reform Announcement

"President Trump has called the new USMCA 'the most important trade deal that we’ve ever made, by far.' To the extent that the Administration is backing away from Trump’s earlier threats to blow up or emasculate NAFTA, that may be true. To the extent that the USMCA is largely an elaborate rebranding exercise, it seems…

Osborne and Langhorne for The 74, “Where Politics Make Charters Difficult, 9 Tips for How Urban Districts Can Create Charter-like Schools – and Improve Their Success”

Over the past 15 years, the fastest improvement in urban public education has come from cities that have embraced charter schools’ formula for success — autonomy, choice, diversity of school designs, and real accountability for performance. To compete, many districts have recently tried to spur charterlike innovation and increase student achievement by granting their school…

Gerwin for The Hill, “Off-the-rails trade war shows how America loses under Trump”

Donald Trump promised that America would start “winning big on trade.” Trump vowed to keep “special interests” from rigging U.S. trade, pledged trade decisions would “benefit American workers and families,” and promised to confront trade violations by China. For the former Apprentice host, winning means that Trump picks the winners, tilting the scales for his…

New PPI E-Book: Don’t Break Up Big Tech, Update Data Laws

WASHINGTON—As the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) kicks off public hearings today on economic concentration and competition, the Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) weighs in with a new e-book by economist and antitrust lawyer, Robert Litan, one of America’s leading authorities on antitrust law and competition policy. In A Scalpel, Not an Axe: Updating Antitrust and Data…

Langhorne for Forbes, “An Unlikely Alliance: Here’s What Can Happen If Teachers Unions Embrace Charter Schools”

For the past six months, education experts have speculated at length about the role of teachers unions after the Supreme Court decision in Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). Some argue that the inability to charge all teachers agency fees, even if they don’t join the union, will force the…

Marshall for The Daily Beast, “Hey, Democratic Socialists: More Big Government Won’t Fix What Ails Us”

More bureaucracies in Washington won't do much to improve lives. The public-sector success stories of today are the nimble and innovative metro regions. “Go West, young man,” New York Tribune editor Horace Greeley famously urged soldiers coming home from the Civil War and wondering what to do with the rest of their lives. In that…

Kim for Governing, “When Cities Rely on Fines and Fees, Everybody Loses”

They’re a tempting alternative to raising taxes, but their long-term costs far outweigh the revenue they bring in. Raising taxes is painful. That may be why, since 2010, 47 states and a number of cities have instead raised both civil and criminal fines and fees. These increases are often viewed as a conflict-free way to…

In Memory of John McCain

Sen. John McCain deserves more than a tweet. Yet that’s all our graceless and petty president could muster to mark the death of an authentic American hero and patriot. Perhaps that’s because John McCain was everything Donald Trump is not -– unflinchingly honest, brave, selfless, and respectful of others, including his political opponents. The Navy…

Kim for Washington Monthly, “Degrees of Separation”

Geography is a barrier to higher education for tens of millions of rural Americans. A few states have hit on an innovative solution. fter graduating from her rural Pennsylvania high school in 2005, Tesla Rae Moore did what many, perhaps most American high school seniors today expect to do: she left home for college with…

Kim for Inside Higher Ed, “Higher Ed Solutions for Rural Students”

More states should consider creating rural higher education centers, writes Anne Kim, and colleges should embrace such centers as a way to help more students succeed. [caption id="attachment_41518" align="alignright" width="324"] Career Tech Academy at Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (Credit: Inside Higher Ed)[/caption] After graduating from her rural Pennsylvania high school in 2005, Tesla Rae…

Langhorne for Forbes, “Five Reasons Why Independent Charters Outperform In-District Autonomous Schools”

Over the past 15 years, cities across the country have experienced rapid growth in the number of public charter schools serving their students. Charter schools are public schools operated by independent organizations, usually nonprofits. They are freed from many of the rules that constrain district-operated schools. In exchange for increased autonomy, they are normally held…

Osborne & Langhorne for The 74, “Can Urban Districts Get Charter-Like Performance With Charter-Lite Schools? The Answer Lies in Autonomy”

Over the past 15 years, cities across the country have experienced rapid growth in the number of public charter schools serving their students. In states with strong charter laws and equally strong authorizers, charter schools have produced impressive students gains, especially in schools with high-minority, high-poverty populations. According to the Center for Research on Education Outcomes…

Kane for RealClearPolicy, “To Curb Health-Care Costs, Insure the Insurers”

Last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it had approved a reinsurance proposal in Wisconsin and Maine in an effort to keep health premiums down. Reinsurance is essentially insurance for insurers: The government helps pay for the cost of exceptionally high-cost claims. It’s no wonder states have been working on…

Kane for RealClearPolicy, “To Curb Health-Care Costs, Insure the Insurers”

Last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it had approved a reinsurance proposal in Wisconsin and Maine in an effort to keep health premiums down. Reinsurance is essentially insurance for insurers: The government helps pay for the cost of exceptionally high-cost claims. It’s no wonder states have been working on…

New Report Highlights How Technology-Not Tariffs-Key to Revival of U.S. Manufacturing Jobs

WASHINGTON—Manufacturing productivity, on the decline for two decades, could be on the upswing and the sector could be on the verge of a significant transformation, according to a new report authored by PPI Chief Economic Strategist Dr. Michael Mandel. This shift hinges on an alternative digital future for manufacturers – one built around innovations in other…

Ross for The Hill, “Move power out of Washington to save democracy”

The continuing failure of Washington to forge sustainable solutions to pressing problems like health care, income inequality, immigration, race relations and climate change has done more than deny the nation effective responses to its greatest challenges. Federal deadlock is undermining American’s confidence in our constitutional democracy. The fact that most Americans see the federal government…

Langhorne for Forbes, “The Teacher-Powered Schools Movement: Transforming Teachers From Industrial Workers To Professionals”

Julie Cook was ready to leave teaching. She’d worked in both urban and suburban districts and in three different states. No matter where she taught, she ended up frustrated with the lack of autonomy given to, and professionalism expected from, teachers. Top-down policies dictated what she taught, on what timeline, and how her students were…

Kane for the New York Daily News, “What a Justice Kavanaugh will mean for health care”

President Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill the seat on the Supreme Court vacated by Justice Anthony Kennedy have left many to wonder: What will replacing an often swing vote with a more conservative one mean for health care? There are many pending cases in lower courts that, if they make it a…

Langhorne for The Washington Post, “Following New Orleans’s Lead on Charter-School Education”

The big moments of historical importance don’t go unremarked, but quieter milestones often pass with little notice unless we stop to commemorate them and note their significance. On July 1, one of those modest but meaningful events will occur when New Orleans marks a change that might sound like a dry bureaucratic reshuffling, but is…

Langhorne for Forbes, “Mohammed Choudhury on Empowered Educators, Controlled Choice, And The Third Way For Urban Districts”

Big things are quietly happening in San Antonio Independent School District (SAISD). Ever since Pedro Martinez became superintendent in 2015, creating innovative schools and putting kids first have been at the heart of the district’s values. Under Martinez’s leadership, the district has begun to create real change and build a system of great schools that…

Kane for RealClearPolicy, “Trump’s Newest Assault on Obamacare: Preexisting Conditions”

Two weeks ago, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a legal brief in support of a Texas lawsuit that would kill one of the most popular provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA): the one that ensures people with past medical problems can get affordable health insurance. It’s the latest twist in the Trump administration’s unrelenting…

PPI Proposes Countering China with Smart, Targeted Strategy-Not Tariffs & Trade Wars-to Secure American Competitiveness

The President’s blunt goal of reducing America’s trade deficit with China won’t address the threat of China’s high-tech mercantilism WASHINGTON —The Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) today released a new report by Ed Gerwin, Senior Fellow for Trade & Global Opportunity, proposing a smart, targeted long-term U.S. strategy to combat China’s state-directed technology mercantilism, instead of…

Langhorne for The Washington Post, “D.C. Graduation Fraud? Not in the Charter Schools.”

For the past six months, scandal after scandal has come to light in the nation’s capital as the media’s interrogation lamps have shone on D.C. Public Schools. In November, WAMU exposed a graduation scandal at Ballou High School, leading the Office of the State Superintendent to launch an investigation into DCPS.  The investigation revealed district-wide…

PPI Statement on Trump Administration’s New China Tariffs & China’s Announced Retaliation

Ed Gerwin, Senior Fellow for Trade and Global Opportunity at the Progressive Policy Institute, released the following statement in response to the Trump Administration’s announcement of new tariffs on Chinese-origin imports and China’s announced retaliation: “China’s technology mercantilism is a serious threat to America’s economic future that requires a tough and effective American response, but…

Ritz for NY Daily News, “How Trump and Republicans are damning Social Security and Medicare”

When the Social Security and Medicare trustees warned last week that both programs are on tenuous financial footing, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said: “The administration’s economic agenda — tax cuts, regulatory reform and improved trade agreements — will generate the long-term growth needed to help secure these programs and lead them to a more stable path.” He…

Goldberg for RealClearEnergy, “America’s Mayors Should Not File Copycat Climate Suits”

The United States Conference of Mayors met in Boston last week, and a key topic was climate change. Mayors have been looking for ways to exert leadership on this issue, but one idea that should be tossed to the waste bin is suing America’s energy producers over so-called “climate change injuries.” These lawsuits, started by…

Yarrow for SF Chronicle, “Update labor laws to meet needs of ‘gig’ economy”

I write this article as a freelancer. I take Lyft to get around. I’ve booked an apartment this summer through Airbnb. I’ve been an adjunct professor. I’ve just gotten estimates for roof and other home repairs from men who work for themselves. All of these activities are part of a large universe of what’s come…

Langhorne for Forbes, “Teachers Village: One City’s Innovative Solution to The Problem of Teacher Retention”

In many cities across the nation, home values and rents have risen so high they are pricing teachers out of the market. Young teachers either spend the majority of their paychecks on rent, deal with long daily commutes, or leave the profession. In a survey of public school teachers who left the profession in 2012, two…

Rotherham for The Hill, “Making Social Security’s retirement age work for workers”

A new report from the Social Security trustees warns that the program is in deep trouble. The retirement and social insurance program is already spending more on benefits than it raises in dedicated revenue, due in large part to a decline in birth rates and a decreasing ratio of workers to retirees. By 2034, beneficiaries…

Kim for Washington Post, “Rural America has too few dentists – but also too few jobs to create paying patients”

Lynnel Beauchesne’s dental office hugs a rural crossroads near Tunnelton, W.Va., population 336. Acres of empty farmland surround the weathered one-story white building; a couple of houses and a few barns are the only neighbors. But the parking lot is full. Some people have driven hours to see Beauchesne, the sole dentist within 30 miles.…

Gerwin for The Hill, “It’s time for Congress to step in and stop Trump’s trade abuses”

Donald Trump and his court appear to believe that the president has near absolute power over trade. After Trump ordered tariffs on imported aluminum and steel, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross noted that Trump could alter the tariffs or impose quotas or “do anything he wishes at any point.” Trump recently launched an investigation to limit…

Social Security & Medicare Trustees Reports: A Reality Check for Expansion Advocates & Tax Cutters Alike

WASHINGTON — Ben Ritz, director of the Center for Funding America’s Future at the Progressive Policy Institute (PPI), today released the following statement after the annual Social Security and Medicare Trustees reports were released: "The annual reports from the Social Security and Medicare trustees should serve as a reality check for politicians who support costly…

Langhorne for The 74, “Independence, Assertiveness, Ability to Correct Others – Behavioral Traits of Top-Performing Teachers”

When asked about my education in a traditional public high school, I always talk about Mr. Gebler’s pre-calculus class. I remember it well for two reasons. One, I struggled to earn a C. Two, his standards — like his eccentric behavior and dedication to students — were so exceptional that I actually retained the content…

Bledsoe for The Hill, “Keeping Pruitt could cost GOP Congress, Trump in the fall”

Despite repeated and flagrant abuses of taxpayer trust and sweetheart deals from energy lobbyists, any of which would have doomed previous cabinet members, embattled Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt appears to still have the support of President Trump, even though White House aides are urging he be fired. The president’s theory seems to…

Reinventing America’s Schools Project Update: Introducing Curtis Valentine

WASHINGTON—The Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) today announced Curtis Valentine as the new Deputy Director of the Reinventing America's Schools project. Valentine will work with Director David Osborne to promote our long-term vision for 21st century education systems, characterized by autonomous, accountable, and equitable public schools of choice.   Valentine's work will focus on education and advocacy,…

Bledsoe for The New York Times, “Trump’s Fuel Efficiency Rollbacks Will Hurt Drivers”

President Trump met with auto industry executives at the White House on Friday, arguing for his planned rollback of fuel efficiency and emissions standards, and telling them he wanted them to build “millions more cars” in the United States. Let’s assume they would. If they did, any cars they made would also be dirtier and…

Marshall for New York Daily News, “Trump’s petulant Iran deal pullout: He has no clue what comes next”

President Trump seems determined to keep his dumbest 2016 campaign promises. First, he pulled the United States out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which is designed to create a strong economic counterweight to China. Then, he pulled us out of the Paris climate accord, essentially signaling that the United States will not cooperate with the rest…

Kane for The Hill, “Future of medicine could be tailored to your individual genetics if data gathered is meaningful”

In the future, medicine will be tailored to your individual “genome” or genetic code, lifestyle and community. Rather than a one-size-fits-most treatment, doctors will use data to determine what therapies you should receive based on genetic traits you’ve inherited from family, your daily habits, and where you live. But how do we get there? We…

Marshall for POLITICO, “How Emmanuel Macron Became the New Leader of the Free World”

In addition to being Trump’s ideological opposite, the French president is a beacon for progressives hoping to find their way back to the halls of power across the democratic world. Europe’s most dynamic political leader, Emmanuel Macron, pays a state visit to Washington this week. The French president has struck up a surprisingly cordial relationship…

Bledsoe for USA Today, “Democrats must embrace shale gas boom to win elections and climate battle”

Democrats don't have enough power to shape climate change policy. They can win the midterm elections if they embrace the shale oil and gas boom and their role in it. Millions of Americans are rightly urging immediate, serious action to address climate change on this Earth Day weekend. Democratic candidates should carry a winning version…

Osborne and Langhorne for The 74, “NAEP Scores Show D.C. Is a Leader in Educational Improvement – With Powerful Lessons for Other Cities”

The latest edition of the Nation’s Report Card — the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress — got a lot of ink last week. While results nationally were a yawn, the scores from Washington, D.C., hold powerful lessons for other cities. Together, D.C. charter and district public schools have improved faster than those of any…

Osborne and Langhorne for US News, “Texas Has Ambitious Plans to Transform Urban Schools”

In public education, the nation's fastest-improving cities have embraced both charter schools and charter-like "innovation" or "renaissance" schools: public schools with real autonomy (some run by nonprofit organizations), real accountability for performance (including closure if their students are falling too far behind), and a variety of learning models from which families can choose. Those rapidly…

Kim for Washington Monthly, “The Mirage of ‘Full Employment'”

Low unemployment rates mask soft spots in the job market, especially among rural Americans and minorities. For the last several months, Republicans have been resting on the laurels of positive job growth and low unemployment—proof, they say, of the Trump economy’s strength. In March, the nation’s official jobless rate stood at 4.1 percent, the lowest…

Yarrow for the Baltimore Sun, “Americans are losing faith in god, politicians and even science”

It’s not surprising that at a time when it’s hard to trust Facebook, the president and Congress that truths we once found self-evident have given way to disbelief. Many Americans have discarded once taken-for-granted beliefs in democracy, science, God, hard work, reputable information, patriotism, marriage and good manners. Some of these currents cross class, age…

Kane for Providence Journal, “Senate bill stifles R.I. innovation”

Under Gov. Gina Raimondo, Rhode Island is aiming to rebuild its economy — once factory-based — around advanced industries​​ such as biotech and software. With such projects as the Providence Innovation & Design District, the goal is to create good-paying jobs by attracting leading-edge companies to the state. How odd, then, that the state legislature…

Statement on the Passing of Peter G. Peterson

The next generation lost a champion today with the passing of Peter G. “Pete” Peterson. While many leaders proselytize against debt and deficits when it’s politically convenient, Pete was one of the few whose concern for our nation’s fiscal future was truly sincere. For decades, he consistently advocated for using a responsible combination of spending…

Langhorne and Amann for The Washington Monthly, “The Hidden Piece of Good News in Congress’s Budget Deal”

The bipartisan budget deal that Congress agreed to last month failed to solve the plight of the Dreamers and extends tax cuts that will add billions to the deficit. Still, quietly buried in the text of the law is much-needed good news for low-income mothers and their children: a provision reauthorizing federal support for home…

Langhorne for RealClearEducation, “To Help Troubled Students, Teachers Need Support Not ‘Guidance'”

Three students stabbed in one week. That’s how 2018 began for New Rochelle High School in Westchester, New York. These school stabbings came just months after the highly publicized, fatal stabbing of a student at Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation in the Bronx. As Americans try to understand the increase of violence in their…

Marshall for The Daily Beast, “Democrats Shouldn’t Help Trump Build Walls”

Donald Trump loves walls and he loves tariffs, which are walls of another kind – barriers to open trade. In his mind, walling off the outside world is the key to making America great again. From this warped perspective, his decision last week to slap tariffs on steel and aluminum imports makes perfect sense. But…

Gerwin for The Hill, “‘Go-it-alone’ trade strategies are neither wise nor effective”

On March 1, after weeks of “absolute chaos” within his administration, Trump held a hastily arranged “listening session” with metals executives. Trump announced — to the surprise of his staff — that he’d be imposing import tariffs of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum, and that these tariffs would last “a long period of time.” Trump…

International Women’s Day: #TBT Elect More Women to End Gridlock

Happy International Women’s Day! Around the world, people are celebrating the power, value, and achievement of women, while bringing attention to many gender based inequalities that continue to pervade society today. In honor of this day, we revisit a 2012 op-ed from PPI Director of Domestic & Social Policy Anne Kim, “Elect More Women to…

Gerwin for the WSJ, “In America’s Absence, the TPP Goes On”

The remaining 11 countries are to sign a renegotiated deal Thursday. U.S. companies will suffer. When President Trump announced the U.S. would pull out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership in January 2017, he likely thought he’d consigned the proposed trade pact to history’s dustbin. After all, America was by far the largest and most influential country…

Langhorne for The Hill, “Stop asking teachers if they’ll kill children”

Whenever we had lockdown drills, I’d get angry with my students. The lights were off, the door was locked, and students were seated silently under their desks. For about three minutes. Then, the whispers began. Muted laughter followed; Phone screens flashed as students texted their friends, taking advantage of this “break” from learning. After the…

Goldberg for The Hill, “Climate change lawsuits are ineffective political stunts”

Environmental activists are once again greeting a Republican administration’s resistance to setting carbon dioxide emission limits with lawsuits. In January, Mayor DeBlasio in New York City followed seven California cities that filed lawsuits over climate change last summer. These lawsuits, though, miss the point and their target. They are not suing the Trump administration. They…

Kim for The Hill, “Giving tax cuts to the companies that deserve them”

A recent White House press release boasted that as many as one million Americans have gotten what it called ‘Trump Bonuses” and “Trump Pay Raises” from their employers the purported result of lower corporate tax rates in the tax cut legislation rushed through Congress in December. In reality, however, shareholders, not U.S. workers, are likely…

Bledsoe for The Hill, “Solar case shows climate protection requires globalized economy”

Responses to President Trump’s imposition of tariffs on Chinese solar panels fall into two general camps. One holds that Chinese solar manufacturing subsidies are so egregious as to require U.S. tariffs to deter additional subsidies by Beijing. Others believe the action is really just free-trade political posturing by Trump, and in practice, amounts only to a…

PPI Launches Center for Funding America’s Future

WASHINGTON – The Progressive Policy Institute today announced the launch of a new Center for Funding America’s Future that will promote a fiscally responsible public investment agenda. This launch comes at a pivotal moment in the federal budget debate. In under two months, Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress have enacted policies that grow federal…

PPI Statements Prior to the State of the Union Address: “Trump’s Infrastructure Promises Are Lies”

WASHINGTON— The Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) today released the following statements prior to President Trump's State of the Union address, which is expected to focus on a $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan: "The GOP’s insistence on passing tax cuts first will make it harder to tackle the infrastructure challenge," said PPI President Will Marshall. "For example,…

Langhorne for The 74, “As a Teacher, I Was Complicit in Grade Inflation. Our Low Expectations Hurt Students We Were Supposed to Help”

In November, NPR uncovered a graduation scandal at Ballou High Schoolin Washington, D.C., where half the graduates missed more than 90 days of school. Administrators pressured teachers to pass failing students, including those whom teachers had barely seen. Policy wonks have had a field day with the report, adding graduation scandals to their lists of…

Marshall for the NY Daily News, “How Democrats can connect with middle America again: Advice from successful rural pols from left of center”

Washington Democrats employ legions of political consultants, entrail readers and data-crunchers to help them figure out how to sway voters. They could save a lot of money by listening instead to Democrats who win elections in red and purple states. That’s the idea behind a trenchant new report that should be required reading for national…

Osborne and Langhorne for The 74, “Is Chicago Really America’s Fastest-Improving Urban School District? Why Claims Made by the NYT & Others Are Misleading”

A recent New York Times article suggested that Chicago had the nation’s fastest-improving large urban school district. In it, reporters Emily Badger and Kevin Quealy summarized data from a new study by Sean Reardon of the Stanford University Center for Education Policy Analysis. For many, that was surprising news, since the district has received heat…

Press Release: PPI Report Highlights How Policy Can Drive New, Digitally Enabled Manufacturing Growth & Economic Revitalization

Report uses Upstate New York as case study for potential economic boon from ‘Internet of Goods’ WASHINGTON —The Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) today released a new report by Chief Economic Strategist Michael Mandel highlighting how the next wave of digitally-driven manufacturing – an essential part of what he calls the "Internet of Goods" – has…

Moynihan was right: The GOP tax giveaway will lead to safety net cuts

When Congress passed a massive tax giveaway to the richest that will add at least $1 trillion to America’s debt late last year, GOP lawmakers were remarkably candid about the next step: cutting the safety net for hundreds of millions of Americans by going after Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits. As Sen. Marco Rubio…

Rotherham for U.S. News, “Why the new tax break for private schools is such bad policy”

Education was mostly a sideshow in the massive tax overhaul Congress passed just before Christmas. But one marginal issue passed in the dead of night may end up playing a big role in the school choice debate going forward. Under the new law, money from 529 college savings accounts can now be used for private…

Yarrow for SF Chronicle, “If our children are so ‘precious,’ we must invest in them”

We often hear how “precious” a child is, what a “treasure” she is, and how our kids are “our greatest resource.” Neuroscientists tell us that ages 0-3 are the most critical years for cognitive, social and moral development. Economists and business leaders tell us that early childhood education offers one of the best lifetime returns…

Marshall for The Hill, “The GOP’s pyrrhic tax victory”

“Another such victory and we are lost,” King Pyrrhus of Epirus lamented after suffering staggering losses in defeating the Romans in 279 B.C. This bit of ancient history seems relevant now as President Trump and the Republicans celebrate a pyrrhic victory of their own on taxes. In ramming through Congress a huge package of tax…

Langhorne for US News, “The Truth About ‘Segregated’ Charter Schools”

The Associated Press recently published an analysis that claims charter schools increase segregation in America's public schools. Charter schools are public schools operated by independent organizations, usually nonprofits. Freed from many of the rules that constrain district-operated schools, they can craft programs that meet the needs of their students. In exchange for increased autonomy, they…

Osborne for The Detroit News, “Commission could help clean up Detroit’s charter sector”

Public education in Detroit is a mess. In a new national study, Detroit emerged as one of the nation’s worst big cities, with district eighth-graders performing at a fifth-grade level, on average. Even charter schools, which enroll the majority of public school students, lag behind those of many cities. Though we have the nation’s second highest…

Marshall for The Daily News, “The embrace of Roy Moore reveals the corrosive, all-consuming corruption of Donald Trump’s Republican Party”

Last week, Republicans played elves to President Trump’s Santa, cobbling together an atrocious package of tax giveaways that will mostly help wealthy Americans while piling at least $1 trillion on the national debt. So much for GOP claims to be the party of working people and fiscal responsibility. Now Trump and the Republican National Committee…

Weinstein for The Hill, “The right way to create greater competition in consumer credit scoring”

Why is the decision to promote competition in the credit scoring model industry complicated? At first blush it would seem to make perfect sense. More competition could lead to lower costs for those who use the scores. Furthermore, it might increase the likelihood that some qualified individuals — who may not be approved for a…

Kim for The Hill, “Let’s tax college endowments to pay for students’ education”

In 2016, the 50 richest universities in America owned $331 billion in endowment wealth, a figure roughly three times the size of California’s entire state budget last year — and ten times the estimated net worth of President Donald Trump. Seventy-five percent of that wealth was held by less by four percent of schools, including such elite institutions as Harvard…

Marshall for The Hill, “GOP tax bill: Wrong debate at the wrong time”

As President Trump and Republicans go full throttle to ram a partisan tax bill through Congress this week, let’s step back and ask a basic question: What does the U.S. economy need most today? The answer isn’t tax cuts – it’s public investment in modern infrastructure. Having wasted most of 2017 trying to kill ObamaCare,…

Osborne and Langhorne for US News, “A Bright Spot in School Diversity”

The Albert Shanker Institute recently released a report that analyzed the negative effects of private schools on integrated public education in Washington, D.C. While only 15 percent of students in the nation's capital attend private schools, 57 percent of white students do. Private schools essentially create the segregation equivalent of white flight to the suburbs,…

Bledsoe for The Hill, “Dems should offer own plan to destroy GOP tax nightmare”

House Republicans have passed a grotesque tax giveaway to the richest 1 percent that will only exacerbate America’s biggest economic and political problem: the massive income inequality that inhibits broad-based growth and is leaving more and more Americans out of the middle class. What’s more, the Republican tax bills squander essentially all the money needed for investments…

Marshall for The Daily Beast, “Here’s How Democrats Can Win, Not Just Resist”

Democrats—who’d had little to celebrate since Donald Trump’s shocking election a year ago—are exulting in last week’s sweeping victories in Virginia and New Jersey, the first signs that the party can spin Trump’s abysmal public approval ratings into electoral gold. Yet there’s also a danger of over-interpreting these odd-year election results. New Jersey is a…

Gerwin for US News, “Trump the NAFTA Terminator”

The president is making moves to terminate NAFTA without considering the economic and legal repercussions. Donald Trump has few positive achievements as president. But the man famous for firing people has certainly shown a knack as a terminator: Trump has withdrawn the United States from the Paris Agreement and the Trans-Pacific Partnership and terminated a…

Langhorne for The 74, “Taking Away $250 Tax Deduction for School Supplies Speaks Volumes About How We Value Teachers”

When I was a teacher, I didn’t have a “cute” classroom. My colleague upstairs designed a reading space for students, complete with comfortable seats, a special carpet, and twinkle lights. I was lucky if my posters stayed on the wall (which, often they didn’t because of the school’s erratic temperature changes). Regardless, most students loved…

Yarrow for the Baltimore Sun, “Early childhood care undervalued in Md.”

When my son, now in college, started school in Maryland, he went to a private preschool, and only half-day public kindergarten existed. As for most young children in the United States, then and now, public early childhood education was unavailable. Full-day kindergarten is now the norm, and 35 percent of Maryland’s 4 year olds are…

Osborne and Langhorne for US News, “The Best Hope for School Integration”

Could charter schools and school choice be the best hope for integrating our public schools by race and income? Charter schools are public schools operated by independent organizations, usually nonprofits. They are freed from many of the rules that constrain district-operated schools. In exchange for increased autonomy, they are normally held accountable for their performance…

Rotherham for US News, “A Tale of Two Zinkes”

Interior, it landed pretty well. Zinke was a well-regarded former Navy SEAL and congressman known as a champion of protecting public lands and for being attentive to native issues. As opposed to some Trump nominees where defections of Republicans complicated the Senate math, Zinke was confirmed with a bipartisan 67 Senate votes – a landslide…

Bledsoe for The Hill, “Trump is isolated on climate. Ignore him at negotiations.”

As ministers from 195 countries travel to Bonn, Germany for annual climate negotiations to begin Nov. 6, momentous decisions await. Convincing major-emitting nations to increase the pace of emissions reductions, gaining hundreds of billions in new private and public investment in clean energy, protecting vulnerable populations and finalizing key rules of the Paris Agreement will all…

Osborne featured on The 74, “9 Inspiring Case Studies of Cities and Educators Rethinking Classrooms for the 21st Century”

This summer, The 74 launched a special series of articles, profiles, and videos — as well as an exclusive microsite — based on the new book Reinventing America’s Schools: Creating a 21st Century Education System by the Progressive Policy Institute’s David Osborne. In it, Osborne spotlights some of the country’s most innovative cities in rethinking…

Osborne featured on MinnPost, “A new way we can organize the public school system”

Both major Twin Cities public school districts are facing some tough realities right now: relatively new leadership faced with multimillion-dollar budget deficits and declining enrollment. Many families within the districts’ boundaries are exercising school choice by open-enrolling their children in suburban districts or enrolling in charter schools. Since federal and state funding follows students, that…

Kim for The American Interest, “One of These Governors Could Save the Democrats in 2020”

State-level Democratic leaders are showing how populism and pragmatism combined can energize liberal turnout while still winning crucial swing-state support. Under a clear blue sky in late summer, with the peaks of the Gallatin Mountains as a backdrop, Montana Governor Steve Bullock mingles with guests at a private event on a ranch just outside Bozeman.…

Press Release: New PPI Report Offers Pragmatic Alternative to “Free College” Proposal

Free credentials would help millions of Americans without four-year degrees reach the middle-class debt free & close labor force “skills gap” WASHINGTON —The Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) today released a new policy report by senior fellow Anne Kim, "Forget ‘free college.’ How about ‘free credentials?,'" proposing greater federal support of high-quality occupational credentialing opportunities as…

Langhorne for The 74 / Reinventing America’s Schools: “This Detroit Charter School Has Just 1 Mission That All Charters Should Adopt: ‘Excellence'”

“The building used to be a tomato factory. This space was where the trucks would pull up to unload the produce,” Ralph Bland said as he gestured around the large, airy room that is now the cafetorium — the combined cafeteria-auditorium — of Detroit Edison Public Academy School, a PK-12 public charter school in Detroit,…

Marshall & Bledsoe in LA Times, “Democrats need to put forward a tax plan too”

Goaded by President Trump, Republican leaders outlined a tax-reform plan this week that is marginally less generous to the wealthy than many conservatives would like. As the GOP struggles to cobble together an actual bill that can unite their fractious party, it’s tempting for Democrats to sit back and enjoy the show. When your opponents…

Langhorne for Reinventing America’s Schools at The 74, “Q&A: At D.C.’s Washington Latin Public Charter School, ‘the Greatest Success Is the Culture'”

Diana Smith, principal of Washington Latin Public Charter School in Washington, D.C., received a lot of press this summer when her No-Tech Tuesday Challengecaught the interest of the media, educators, and parents. At the end of the last school year, Smith challenged the 160 eighth and ninth grade students at WLPCS to stay off of…

Goldberg for The Hill, “Patent abuse is undermining American health care”

The pharmaceutical company Allergan shocked the prescription drug market this month when it transferred its intellectual property rights to its blockbuster drug Restasis, a treatment for dry eyes that generated $1.5 billion in sales last year, to the Saint Regis Mohawk Indian Tribe in exchange for an exclusive licensing deal. This bold tactic was intended…

Goldberg for IADC Newsletter: “The U.S. Supreme Court Reins in Discovery Sanctions”

Phil Goldberg and Kathryn Constance discuss the impact that a recent Supreme Court decision could have on sanctions over discovery and other litigation disputes. The U.S. Supreme Court, in the little-known case Goodyear v. Haeger this past term, set important limits on a judge’s inherent authority sanctions, which could have significant implications in discovery disputes.…

Bledsoe for The Hill, “Harvey, Irma show the skyrocketing costs of climate change”

Even as Congress passed $15 billion in initial funding for Hurricane Harvey relief, Americans were glued to their TVs watching Hurricane Irma, the strongest-ever Atlantic storm, bear down on Florida, where millions are still without power and other services. Sadly, Congress, and the rest of us, had better get used to it. Harvey and Irma…

Osborne for the Wall Street Journal: “Charter Schools Are Flourishing on Their Silver Anniversary”

On Sept. 8, 1992, the first charter school opened, in St. Paul, Minn. Twenty-five years later, some 7,000 of these schools serve about three million students around the U.S. Their growth has become controversial among those wedded to the status quo, but charters undeniably are effective, especially in urban areas. After four years in a…

David Osborne for The Education Gadfly Show

On this week's podcast, special guest David Osborne joins Mike Petrilli and Alyssa Schwenk to discuss his new book, Reinventing America’s Schools. During the Research Minute, Amber Northern examines a blockbuster study finding that the over-identification of minority children in special education is a myth. Listen here.

Osborne for the Philadelphia Inquirer, “These three fast-improving school districts have lessons for Philly”

For almost two decades, education reform has been a source of conflict in the City of Brotherly Love. Much progress has been made, but too much energy is still devoted to fruitless district vs. charter debates. Those invested in such debates should take a look at the nation’s fastest-improving big cities, to see what can…

Bledsoe for The Hill, “High-paying energy jobs are key for Democrats in 2018”

Clean-energy policies championed by Democrats over the last decade have helped create millions of high-paying energy jobs for American workers. And innovative Democratic policies going forward can help spur millions more good jobs — in energy efficiency, natural gas, nuclear energy, carbon capture, wind, solar, electric vehicles and infrastructure — in coming years. This record…

Osborne for the Boston Globe: “A New Paradigm of Public Education”

If we were creating school systems from scratch, would we teach the same way we did 50 years ago, before the advent of personal computers? Would we send children to school for only eight-and-a-half months a year? Would we let schools survive if, year after year, a third of their students dropped out? Would we…

David Osborne Shares a Sneak Peek of His New Book, ‘Reinventing America’s Schools’

David Osborne’s eyes light up when he talks about proof. A nationally renowned public policy reformer who is most well known for writing the New York Times bestseller Reinventing Government: How the Entrepreneurial Spirit is Transforming the Public Sector, and who now serves as a director of the forward-thinking Reinventing America’s Schools project at the…

Rotherham for US News, “American Greatness Is Lost on Trump”

The president almost never celebrates the U.S., instead griping about perceived ills. Here's something curious and hidden in plain sight: For all his talk about "making America great again," President Donald Trump spends precious little time actually talking about American greatness. From the campaign to his dark nomination acceptance, a dystopian inaugural address, right up…

Osborne and Langhorne for US News, “Let Schools Judge Teachers”

Since President Obama’s Race to the Top competition made teacher evaluation systems based in part on academic growth a central requirement of winning, most states have mandated them. Making teachers accountable for student success is a laudable goal, but district-wide approaches don’t usually work. Most teachers regard evaluations as part of a bureaucratic checklist that…

Langhorne for The 74, “When Pursuing Education Becomes a Crime, It’s the System That Should Be Scrutinized, Not the Students”

In a recent article, Derrell Bradford mentioned New Jersey and the state’s practice of having off-duty police officers follow students home to make sure the students are attending school in their assigned district. “When we’ve criminalized the pursuit of a good school, we must ask whether the mission and intent we ascribe to public education…

Rotherham for US News, “Let Kids Experience the Eclipse”

"We are going to be speaking with athletic directors, activity directors and our extended-day programs to keep all activities inside until the duration of the eclipse." Yes, that's one school district's response to Monday's rare solar eclipse – visible across the United States. And they're hardly alone in this reaction. While some school districts are making plans for…

Gerwin for The Hill, “Democrats’ trade plan tries to ‘out-Trump’ Trump – bad idea”

With the rollout of their new “A Better Deal” agenda, congressional Democrats have a chance for a reset with American voters. And nowhere do they need a reset more than on trade. Unfortunately, with their recent announcement of “A Better Deal on Trade and Jobs,” Democrats missed a key opportunity to offer a balanced trade plan that…

Asbestos Litigation Reform That Helps Victims And Businesses

In New York and around the country, we count on judges and juries to get things right, but there is no way they can do their jobs if they are blindfolded from the facts. In the past few years, judges have exposed a national trend of plaintiffs’ lawyers hiding critical facts when suing over asbestos…

Bledsoe for The Hill, “US can boost gas exports, cut global emissions in one fell swoop”

Infamously, Donald Trump has called climate change a hoax, but the rest of the world knows better. In fact, the main reason European and Asian nations are interested in importing U.S. natural gas is to displace coal and cut greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change. If the Trump administration truly cares about expanding U.S. gas exports, as they…

Weinstein for US News, “The Last Chance for Relevance”

The curtain is about to come down on Paul Ryan's run as a major force in Washington politics. Should Democrats gain control of the House of Representatives next year Ryan would lose his speakership (and he would likely be forced to step down as Republican leader as well). If Republicans hold onto the House by…

Gerwin for The Hill, “The bitter harvest of Trump’s protectionist stance”

Donald Trump is infatuated with the 2016 election map, which underscores his dominance in red-coded rural counties. Candidate Trump repeatedly promised to “take care” of America’s rural voters who, in return, provided some of his biggest vote margins. It’s ironic, then, that on issues from budgets to healthcare, America’s heartland stands to become an early…

Rotherham for US News, “Challenge Students, Don’t Shield Them”

Tap Tapley, the legendary Outward Bound instructor, is said to have described the crux of the experiential outdoor experiential learning school's approach as "inducing anxiety and then releasing it in a constructive manner." And for a half century, Outward Bound courses have done just that – putting students in challenging and uncomfortable situations with real…

Stangler for Real Clear Markets, “Renewed Optimism As the Start-Up Geography Divide Narrows”

Over the past several years, even as the national fervor over startups has continued unabated, there has been a string of negative findings about the state of American entrepreneurship. The Economic Innovation Group, among others, chronicled a long-term decline in business creation as well as ever-increasing concentration in where businesses are being created. Only five…

Osborne and Langhorne for US News, “The Danger of Centralized School Discipline”

In 2013, employees at Bruce Randolph High School sent an open letter to the superintendent of Denver Public Schools, complaining about the district's mandatory discipline policies. "The disproportionate amount of time and resources that in the past would have been spent on improving instruction is instead spent by our entire staff, including administrators, instructional team,…

Press Release: New PPI Report finds 113,000 jobs in the growing Australian App Economy

WASHINGTON—The Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) today released a new report, “The Rise of the Australian App Economy,” which estimates 113,000 workers are employed in the Australian App Economy, a growth of at least 11 percent since 2014. It also calculates app Intensity -- the number of App Economy jobs in a country as a percentage of…

Press Release: PPI Beefs Up Policy Team

WASHINGTON— The Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) today is pleased to announce multiple new hires to further develop its policy research firepower and grow its portfolio. Dane Stangler has joined PPI as Director of Policy Innovation, Paul Bledsoe has a new role as Strategic Adviser, and Emily Langhorne will serve as Education Policy Analyst. "PPI is…

Rotherham for US News, Education Needs Big Ideas”

Reasonable people can disagree about former President Barack Obama's Race to the Top initiative – his multibillion education competition among states – but it was a big idea. So, too, were President Bill Clinton's push for school standards and accountability, President George H.W. Bush's push for national standards and President George W. Bush's effort to…

Mandel featured on TechFreedom Tech Policy Podcast, “#178: Is it time to break up Big Tech?”

In a New York Times op-ed, Jonathan Taplin argues that Google, Facebook, and Amazon have become monopolies. With such large market shares in search advertising, social media, and e-commerce respectively, Taplin says it’s time to break up these companies — or regulate them as public utilities. Is this a fair assessment? Is Big Tech really…

Lewis for Austin American-Statesman, “How better politics make a stronger and more open Internet”

Americans don’t agree on much these days — but everyone knows our politics isn’t working. Even the simplest of issues are no match for the spinmeisters, and policy argument has been replaced by viral meme. It’s a plague that undermines the very idea of meeting in the middle that has been fundamental to our progress.…

Berg for Washington Monthly, “Trump’s Betrayal of the Hungry Working Class”

With Trump’s proposal to gut federal food assistance by $192 billion — much of which would come out of the shopping carts of the working class — the president is once again proving his willingness to shaft those who supported him most. Contrary to the racially-tinged stereotype that Americans who rely upon the Supplemental Nutrition…

Holzer for The Hill, “The Path to a Strong Middle Class Moves Forward, Not Backward”

To be elected president, Donald Trump rode a wave of anger and disillusionment among white non-college voters who are bitterly disappointed over their recent economic experiences and hopeless about their futures. Trump exploited their anger brilliantly, feeding them false hopes that he would restore their lost jobs in manufacturing and mining, thus resurrecting the pathways…

Marshall & Bledsoe for Real Clear Energy, “Colorado Blazes Low-Emissions, High-Employment Energy Pathway”

Donald Trump made political hay in Appalachian and industrial states by running as an ardent booster of coal. Yet what’s really powered America’s remarkable energy boom over the last decade is shale oil and natural gas, renewable solar and wind, clean-tech and energy efficiency. Energy innovation, in short, is the key to creating more good…

Rotherham for US News, “What Trump’s Playing at With Paris”

Here we go again. You can't find a single person at Whole Foods who thinks it's a good idea for President Donald Trump to pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord! Substantively, they're probably right. But on the politics? There, Trump is winning. Why? Pittsburgh, not Paris. Democrats confuse the two at…

Bledsoe for the Economist, “Whither the world after America’s retreat?”

...The risks posed by a changing climate require action. Last year was the hottest since records began, and 16 of the 17 warmest years have occurred since 2001. Sea level is rising and the polar regions are melting. Extreme storms, droughts and winds already threaten the safety and livelihood of millions. Despite all this, America…

Sweeney for Morning Consult, “Federal Agencies Should Stop, Not Facilitate, Litigation Abuse”

By Rob Sweeney, PPI Center for Civil Justice Contributor  As a small business owner, I often hear about abusive litigation threats but never thought they would affect me – until now. I own a small technology business based in Kansas City called TextCaster that provides text-messaging services for educational, civic, nonprofit and corporate organizations. Over…

Marshall for The Daily Beast, “How Liberals Are Blowing It Worldwide-and How Macron Might Not”

Nearly everywhere you look, parties of the left are on the skids. That’s a big part of why Macron won in France. If he delivers, it’ll point the new direction. Europe seems to be containing the fever of resurgent nationalism that propelled last year’s Brexit vote as well as Donald Trump’s improbable election here. Emmanuel…

Weinstein for The Hill, “How CEOs could help pay for tax reform”

When Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Act, it included a requirement that U.S. companies annually report the ratio between their CEO and median worker pay. This modest provision takes effect this year, but it’s unlikely to reverse America’s widening pay gap.​ In fact, if President Trump has his way on tax reform, the earnings gap will…

Bledsoe for RCP, “How Democrats Can Hasten Trump’s Departure”

Washington can hardly keep up with the unprecedented pace at which Donald Trump’s presidency is cascading out of control. Ironically, the appointment last week of Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate Russia’s involvement in the 2016 presidential election may slow White House hemorrhaging, taking pressure off GOP congressional leaders and their weak investigations and…

Will America First Make the United States Last in Asia-Pacific Trade?

PPI Statement on Recent APEC and TPP Developments Recent developments in the Trump Administration’s “America First” trade policy are hardly encouraging for American manufacturers, farmers, ranchers, service providers, and workers who want to prosper and grow through increased Asia-Pacific trade. At this weekend’s Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) trade minsters’ meeting, U.S. officials reportedly wasted…

Rotherham for US News, “Don’t Ban For-Profit Charters”

A ban might clean up bad actors, but it would throw out the working options, too. Marshall Tuck, a candidate for state superintendent in California, grabbed headlines in late April when he announced his opposition to for-profit charter schools. The move cut against type because Tuck made his name as the successful operator of a…

Osborne for EducationNext Podcast: Indianapolis’ Unique Pursuit of Choice

Over the past decade, a growing number of urban school districts have responded to the presence of charter schools by providing some of their own schools the same flexibilities that charters enjoy. But few have gone as far as Indianapolis, where the district is now authorizing what it calls innovation network schools: districts schools that…

Rotherham for The 74 Million, “Why Won’t Betsy DeVos Answer Hard Questions?”

In 2012, on the anniversary of No Child Left Behind, I reached out to President George W. Bush asking for an interview to discuss the landmark education law and the politics then surrounding it. His aides thought it was a lousy idea for him to say anything, since it would inject him into an ongoing…

Mandel for WSJ, “Robots Will Save the Economy”

The problem today is too little technology. Physical industries haven’t kept up. Some anxious forecasters project that robotics, automation and artificial intelligence will soon devastate the job market. Yet others predict a productivity fizzle. The Congressional Budget Office, for instance, expects labor productivity to grow at the snail’s pace of 1.3% a year over the…

PPI Highlights Indianapolis Educational Revolution at Packed Two-Day Conference

INDIANAPOLIS—The Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) today joined The Mind Trust and Education Cities to kick-off “Reinventing America’s Schools: An Educational Revolution in Indianapolis,” a two-day conference at the Crossroads of America highlighting the city’s innovative, twenty-first century approach to K-12 school governance. The sold out event welcomes 14 delegations from Memphis, Oakland, Rochester, Washington, D.C.,…

Yarrow for Washington Monthly: “Emmanuel Macron’s Victory Holds Hope for France, and Lessons for America”

While America succumbed to right-wing nationalism, France rejected it decisively. Democrats should pay attention. Nearly 250 years ago, French ideas and French economic support enabled the success of the American Revolution. With the landslide election of Emmanuel Macron as president of France on Sunday, France could again point the way to a much-needed overhaul of…

Osborne for EducationNext: “More Options in Indianapolis”

Mayoral charters and innovation schools expand choice Our urban school systems struggle because so many of their students live in poverty, but they also struggle because they were designed a hundred years ago for an industrial society. In an increasing number of cities, they are being replaced by twenty-first century systems, in which the central…

Yarrow for SF Chronicle: “Fathers’ unemployment taking huge toll on children”

“After I got divorced in 1999, I had custody of my kids, but I went out of my way to drop them at their mother’s house over the weekends,” said a 47-year-old African American man in Baltimore. He lost his job during the 2008 recession and was out of work for two years. After finding…

L.A. Times: Don’t stress over robots; a bright new economy is being born

Good news: The robots may not destroy us after all. A few weeks ago, I wrote a column that outlined the worries of big thinkers such as Stephen Hawking and Andrew Yang who are predicting a wave of job destruction caused by automation, robots and artificial intelligence. Michael Mandel begs to differ. Mandel is chief…

Gerwin for The Hill: Congress has provided a workable framework for renegotiating NAFTA

During the campaign, Donald Trump reserved particular fury for the North American Free Trade Agreement. He blasted NAFTA as “a disaster” and blamed it for lost jobs, closed factories, and economic despair. It’s deeply ironic that renegotiating NAFTA—on a relatively reasonable basis—may be one of his best opportunities for a meaningful political and policy win.…

Press Release: New PPI Report Proposes New Pathways to the Middle-Class for Those Left Behind

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Bledsoe for Politico: How Trump can help save coal-with China’s help

Last week, President Donald Trump declared that he would bring back coal jobs, directing the EPA to roll back the Clean Power Plan and other regulations on coal producers. It’s an audacious promise given the recent trajectory of the industry, and most energy experts dismissed it as impossible. But there is one way for Trump…

Mandel for Forbes: How E-Commerce Is Raising Pay And Creating Jobs Around The Country

Think back to the first half of the 20th century, when superstar companies of the likes of Ford, General Motors, General Electric, DuPont and Bethlehem Steel literally grew from nothing to employ hundreds of thousands of workers. These innovative market leaders, notably feted by business historians such as Alfred Chandler, pioneered new products and production…

Gifford for The Hill: Why Trump’s Climate Order Might Backfire

Here's some friendly advice to U.S. business leaders who may be quietly cheering plans by President Trump and his new administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Scott Pruitt, to "drain the swamp" by gutting environmental regulations: Be careful what you wish for. Not only will many Americans view such a rollback as radical, but…

Gerwin for CNBC: How the US economy could suffer-bigly-under Trump’s trade agenda

The Trump administration recently released a trade pronouncement that goes beyond the president's preferred 140-character format. The 2017 Trade Policy Agenda is a report, required by Congress, that highlights Administration priorities on trade. An earlier, leaked version criticized aspects of the global trading system as "untethered from economic realities." That wonderful phrase is missing from…

Marshall for The New York Times: Can Democrats Work With Trump?

WASHINGTON — President Trump has discovered that trying to work with Republicans, like trying to work on health care policy, is complicated. So with all his big campaign pledges in limbo following last week’s Obamacare fiasco, he reportedly is contemplating overtures to a party that actually wants to govern: the Democrats. This new tack comes,…

Rotherham for U.S. News & World Report: Schooled by Politics

The defeat of the Republican plan to overhaul President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act last week offered a stark reminder about how much coalitions, persuasion and raw self-interest matter in politics. President Donald Trump failed to persuade almost anyone to join his side, there was no coalition for reform and the health care law's benefits…

USA TODAY: Emerging Tech Hubs Are Far From Coasts

PPI Chief Economic Strategist Michael Mandel was quoted in USA TODAY regarding his recent report, "How the Startup Economy is Spreading Across the Country" on start-ups and entrepreneurial growth across the country: "I was surprised by cities in the Midwest that made the list," says Michael Mandel of PPI, who conducted the study. E-commerce contributed…

Axios: The Next Start-Up Hubs

A growing number of startups are being created across the country — and they're cropping up outside of the top innovation hub cities. That's according to new data released today by TechNet and the Progressive Policy Institute. Why it matters: Political and economic dynamics are forcing companies and investors to pay more attention to business…

Yarrow for SF Chronicle: Young Men Say they Feel Stuck in a ‘Man Box’

Despite the decades-long drumbeat for gender equity, young American men still feel strong social pressure to adhere to traditional male roles to be tough, sexually aggressive and controlling, even though most personally don’t believe in the tenets of old-style masculinity. This disconnect between how they feel they should act and how they say they want…

Trump’s climate rollback could undermine our promises to the rest of the world

Trump’s executive order eviscerating Obama’s climate plan could leave the U.S. isolated as other countries push forward to curb emissions, observers of international climate negotiations said. Major climate allies are increasingly concerned that Trump’s efforts to overturn the [Clean Power Plan] and other climate rollbacks will blow a huge hole in the U.S. ability to…

Albany Times Union: Protect Consumers From Cash Advance Companies, Too

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman last month filed a complaint against a lawsuit cash advance firm for allegedly engaging in predatory lending practices. RD Legal Funding stands accused of shamefully taking advantage of 9/11 first responders and brain-injured NFL players by offering high interest advances on expected payouts from legal settlements. Schneiderman's filing should…

Marshall for The Daily Beast: Donald Trump and the Republicans Shotgun Marriage Is Off to a Rocky Start

Many Congressional Republicans regard Donald Trump as an interloper, so it’s not surprising that their political marriage of convenience is already showing signs of strain. They’re bickering over health care now, but the deeper source of discord is the basic incompatibility of conservatism and populism. During the campaign, Trump echoed Republicans in caricaturing Obamacare as…

Legal Newsline: Justice Reform Groups Continue Push for Venue, Jurisdiction Bills in Missouri Legislature

Phil Goldberg, director of the Progressive Policy Institute’s Center for Civil Justice and Don Gifford, a member of PPI’s Center for Civil Justice Advisory Board, were quoted in the Legal NewsLine about a recent Missouri Supreme Court ruling: “The ruling offers some clarity on jurisdiction rules in Missouri—as in, courts don’t have jurisdiction over out-of-state claims—but…

Rotherham for U.S. News & World Report: No Imagination for Education

The presidential budget request is always a mash up of policy, politics, signaling and negotiation. Yet even with the caveat that any budget request is best taken seriously but not literally, President Trump's first budget stands out as an exceptional missed opportunity in education and across a range of federal agencies. Ignore the theatrics about…

As carbon emissions rise, so will the “social costs of carbon”

President Trump's "open mind" on climate change seems to be closing. He's preparing an executive order to kill Obama administration rules aimed at curbing U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. It is almost as though Trump is determined to increase the amount of carbon and other greenhouse gases America pumps into the atmosphere.   As carbon emissions…

Lewis for The Daily Beast, “Great Party, Brutal Hangover-Why Democrats Should Reject Their Donor Class”

As the parties have given up on their core functions, wealthy donors with ideological agendas have filled the void they’ve left. Democrats suffered losses up and down the ballot on Nov. 8, bolstering Republican dominance of both national and state governments. A presidential campaign launched with high hopes wound up adding to the party’s demoralizing string of defeats…

Marshall & Aldy for Democracy Journal, “The Great Swap”

Does a deal now gaining momentum across the aisle actually have the potential to break the stalemate on climate change? Is Donald Trump serious about keeping an “open mind” on climate change? Considering the “drill, baby, drill” cheerleaders he’s put in key Cabinet posts, it’s easy to fear the worst. They appear more than eager…

Northern California Record: California PCB Cases Could Expose Businesses Everywhere

By W.J Kennedy SACRAMENTO - Legal actions taken by ten governments on the West Coast against the chemical giant Monsanto could eventually ensnare thousands of other manufacturers (even of discontinued products) in the same types of these highly speculative, virtually defenseless actions, legal experts warn. “Any business that makes anything could face the threat of…

Bledsoe for RCP: The Shared Illusions of Brexit and Obamacare Repeal

“Have your cake and eat it.”  With these six aggressively monosyllabic words, the redoubtable Boris Johnson came clean, almost despite himself, about the contradictions of Brexit, and perhaps those of today’s right-of-center populism altogether.  In time, the phrase may be seen as the defining utterance of the post-truth era in trans-Atlantic politics. The Washington corollary…

Bledsoe for LA Times: As Trump ignores record temperatures, taxpayers are footing the (huge) bill for climate change

Global temperatures were the highest on record in 2016 for the third straight year, scientists at NASA and elsewhere reported last week. This is just the latest proof of rapid climate change that has experts and governments around the world deeply alarmed. And yet President Trump and many other Republicans have so far paid no political price for questioning…

PPI Statement on President Trump’s Executive Order to Withdraw the U.S. From the Trans-Pacific Partnership

The Progressive Policy Institute issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP): In announcing his decision today to withdraw from the TPP, President Trump claimed that this step was a "great thing.” We strongly disagree. The President’s hasty action on the TPP is bad…

Medicaid patients need options in opioid fight

In the sad geography of America’s opioid-overdose crisis, Ohio is at the center of the map. In 2015, 2,700 of its people died from prescription and illicit opioids, a number far higher than any other state and one that shot up by 28 percent in one year. In response, Gov. John Kasich signed a bill…

Berg for Washington Monthly: U.S. Poverty Policy Is Outdated and Inefficient. Here’s a Better Approach.

All low-income Americans should be equipped with an Online HOPE (Health, Opportunity, and Personal Empowerment) account. .S. poverty policy is stuck in a rut. In 2015, 43 million people in America were living in poverty – more than the combined populations of Texas, Pennsylvania, and Nebraska and 11 million more than in 2000. Slow growth…

Ehrlich for The International Economy: Whom Do Today’s Financial Market Serve

The hunt for culprits after the Wall Street meltdown of 2008 has obscured systemic changes in the way financial markets work today, according to a fascinating new article in The International Economy. Co-written by Ev Ehrlich, a PPI Senior Fellow, and Michael Mann, the article argues that market players increasingly devote their energies to rearranging…

Marshall for The Hill: Who’ll stop the REINS?

The 115th Congress is off to a stumbling start. House Republicans impetuously made gutting the Congressional ethics office their first order of business—only to beat a humiliating retreat after the resulting public outcry and rebuke from President-elect Trump. Now, House leaders plan to throw more red meat to conservatives by voting today on a sham regulatory…

How Clinton Lost the Ground Game: A View From the Trenches

By Amory Beldock I worked on Hillary Clinton’s campaign in what was deemed the most important county in the nation’s biggest battleground: Miami Dade, Florida. I was a cog in the feared Clinton Machine: a vast network of field operations, data gurus, politicos, press pools and finance players spanning all 50 states. It was four…

New PPI Report Proposes Utilizing Technologies to Reduce Poverty

Uber, NYC Human Resources Administration, United Way of NYC, and Hunger Free America Join PPI to Promote New Report NEW YORK CITY—The Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) today was joined by technology, government, and anti-poverty leaders at a public event to release a new report by Hunger Free America CEO Joel Berg, Fighting Poverty with HOPE.…

Marshall for The Daily Beast, “What Democrats Can Learn From Hillary Clinton’s Tragedy”

As Democrats debate why they lost the 2016 elections, Hillary Clinton must feel like the star-crossed heroine in a Greek tragedy. She beat Donald Trump handily, by a margin of at least 2.6 million votes. Yet even in winning, the fates (and the Electoral College) have cruelly decreed that she lose. Compounding the sense of tragedy is Trump’s all-too-characteristic reaction to…

Press Release: New PPI Report Proposes Grand Political Bargain on Climate & Energy

WASHINGTON—The Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) today released a new policy report, “Long-Term Carbon Pricing: The Great Swap,” at a packed public forum featuring a cross-partisan roundtable discussion with moderator Hannah Hess of E&E News and panelists John Larsen, Director of the Rhodium Group, Jerry Taylor, President of the Niskanen Center, Catrina Rorke, Director of energy…

Pete Brodnitz for Zeit: How Democrats defeated themselves

The white working class in America is worried about change and afraid of economic decline. The Democrats further stoked those fears. What fueled Trump's improbable victory was a profound sense among working class White voters that the United States is losing control of its borders, its basic identity and its ability to generate good jobs…

Yarrow for San Francisco Chronicle: Trump administration must base policy on science

There is a widespread, hardly unfounded, belief that government regulators and business are in perpetual, bitter conflict over regulations concerning environmental, food and drug, transportation and workplace safety. Government wants tough standards and businesses say they will cut into profits or drive them out of business, or so the story goes. That story is not…

Report: Android Helps Create 1.2 million App Economy Jobs in Europe

BRUSSELS—According to research by the Progressive Policy Institute (PPI), the Android mobile operating system has helped create 1.2 million App Economy jobs in Europe. The figure comes from a PPI policy memo, "The App Economy in Europe: Leading Countries and Cities," which covers the 28 EU countries plus Norway and Switzerland. Android-related App Economy jobs are found…

Gerwin for U.S News: Populists Like Trump and Sanders Ignore How Trade Benefits Workers

Jobs have been the focal point of 2016’s populist campaign against trade. Trade skeptics like Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders have railed against open trade and deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) as schemes to benefit global elites at the cost of millions of jobs for hardworking Americans. They claim that American workers would be…

Weinstein for RCP: Making “Fiscal Space” for the Clinton Agenda

POLICIES FOR THE NEXT ADMINISTRATION. PART 8: FEDERAL BUDGET This is the eighth in a series on the major policy ideas — from Left and Right — that should guide the next presidential administration's agenda. (For the opposing view, see James C. Capretta, "Fiscal Policy After the Election.") Hillary Clinton’s agenda of investing in people and infrastructure is an important step to righting…

The Hill: Protectionist trade policies would damage economy, cost jobs: report

Protectionist trade policies would throw the U.S. economy into turmoil and lead to the loss of millions of middle-class jobs, a new report said on Monday. The Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) concluded that trade policies that cut off the United States from the global economy would do more harm than good in boosting job creation…

Press Release: PPI Announces Opening of European Office in Brussels

WASHINGTON—The Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) today announced the opening of an office in Brussels to serve as its European base, a sign of its commitment to strengthening the transatlantic dialogue and relationship between the U.S. and our European partners. The office will be lead by veteran EU public affairs professional Michael Quigley and PPI Executive…

A progressive case for Social Security reform

With the campaign in its final weeks, there is at least one issue that both candidates agree on — preserving and expanding Social Security. We can “save Social Security” and cut taxes, as Donald Trump insists, merely by conjuring that elusive elixir of “economic growth.” Hillary Clinton goes further, calling to expand it for widows…

Yarrow for San Francisco Chronicle: A Progressive Case for Social Security Reform

With the campaign in its final weeks, there is at least one issue that both candidates agree on — preserving and expanding Social Security. We can “save Social Security” and cut taxes, as Donald Trump insists, merely by conjuring that elusive elixir of “economic growth.” Hillary Clinton goes further, calling to expand it for widows…

Fast Company: America’s Infrastructure is Crumbling–Here’s How We Can Fix It

An article published today by Fast Company's Co.Exist highlights two policy ideas of PPI's on how to get more infrastructure projects up and running. Borrow Money When It's Cheap The Progressive Policy Institute, a centrist Washington, D.C., think tank, has proposed several ways around relying on the gas tax for infrastructure funding. These include using "dynamic scoring"…

Fortune: The Red Tape Conundrum

How the wrong kind of regulation is strangling business—and what to do about it. Even economists who believe that the system is flawed have a hard time quantifying the issue. “I do think that our economy loses resilience and adaptability because the regulatory structure is so rigid,” says Michael Mandel, chief economic strategist at the…

PPI President Will Marshall Takes on Trump Senior Policy Advisors in Trade Debate

In a new special series published by RealClearPolicy, PPI President Will Marshall squares off against Wilbur Ross and Peter Navarro, senior policy advisors to the Trump campaign, on trade policy in the next presidential administration.   "Donald Trump  calls  the U.S. economy a 'disaster' and blames trade for sapping America’s industrial might," Marshall writes. "Neither claim is true,…

Marshall for The American Interest: The (Bad) Ideas Election

Hillary’s answer to American discontent is a familiar litany of left-liberalism, while conservative scholars outline a post-Trump intellectual revival. Sometimes U.S. presidential elections confront Americans with a choice between starkly different political visions, not just leaders and parties. The elections of 1800, 1860, 1912, and 1932, for example, were truly pivotal contests that altered the…

Osborne-A Note to Massachusetts Progressives: Remember, It Was Democrats Who Brought Charter Schools to Town

In my home state of Massachusetts, voters will decide in November whether to expand the number of urban charter schools — now capped at 18 percent of students in a city. The propaganda wars have begun, and the lies are flying as fast and thick as they do from Donald Trump’s mouth. Charters are public…

Osborne for U.S. News & World Report: Holding Schools Accountable

School performance standards are outdated. Here are six ways we can improve them. Because Congress passed the Every Student Succeeds Act last December, states are revamping their federally required systems to measure school quality and hold schools accountable for performance. But most are doing so using outdated assumptions, holdovers from the industrial era, when cookie-cutter…

Marshall for The Hill: Clinton outshines Trump, but needs knockout

The biggest asset GOP nominee Donald Trump brings to the presidential race is not his alleged business acumen — which more and more looks like an elaborate con — but his showmanship. So it was a bit surprising to watch Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton consistently skewer and dominate the reality-TV star in last night's debate.…

Press Release: New PPI Report Highlights TPP’s Many Practical Benefits for U.S. Small Exporters

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 26, 2016 Contact: Cody Tucker, ctucker@ppionline.org or 202-775-0106 New PPI Report Highlights TPP’s Many Practical Benefits for U.S. Small Exporters   WASHINGTON—The Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) today released a new policy memo highlighting the many practical ways in which the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement will make exporting faster, easier, cheaper, and more…

Marshall & Tucker for The Hill: Congress should get to work on overtime

After a long stretch of economic stagnation, the stars may be aligning at last for America’s hard-pressed middle class. The U.S. economy’s growing strength, plus a push in Washington to update overtime rules, could combine to boost incomes and give working families a long overdue raise. New government figures show that the Obama recovery is…

Press Release: New PPI Report Finds Top U.S. Colleges Denying Student Tuition Savings By Restricting AP Credit

WASHINGTON—A new report released today by PPI finds that 86 percent of the top 153 universities and colleges in the United States restrict the awarding of Advanced Placement (AP) credits, denying students and their families hundreds of millions in tuition savings. This is especially alarming as more and more high school students (over 1 million—double the…

Marshall & Gerwin for The Hill, “Facing the future on trade: Democrats must reject anti-trade obstructionism”

Anti-trade populists are hell-bent on locking Democrats into a future of rigid opposition to trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership. They recently failed in efforts to include a plank in the Democratic Party Platform that would have committed Democrats to the decidedly undemocratic principle of never, ever agreeing even to bring TPP to a vote—either…

Marshall for The Hill: How Welfare Vanished as a Political Issue

Twenty years ago this month, President Bill Clinton signed a landmark bill fulfilling his pledge to "end welfare as we know it." It was the biggest change Clinton made in national policy, and it lanced a political boil that had vexed Americans for a generation. Both accomplishments, substantive and political, are worth celebrating today as…

Goldberg for The Hill: Are Federal Agencies Putting Science Over Fear-Mongering?

This summer, during one of the least productive sessions in recent history, a rare bipartisan achievement slipped through Congress under the political radar. Democrats and Republicans came together with environmentalists and chemical manufacturers to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). So, what was the secret to TSCA’s success? All of these groups were unified…

Osborne for U.S. News & World Report: The Charter School Pot and Kettle

By David Osborne and Anne Osborne Critics of charter schools love to charge that charters "cream" the best students by making it hard to apply and pushing out low performers. That's why charters outperform traditional public schools, they assert. But they rarely present evidence, and they never admit that traditional public schools do exactly the…

CNN: Democrats must resolve economic identity crisis

Donald Trump's travesty of a presidential campaign is forcing Republicans to ask themselves some hard questions: Does party loyalty outweigh the risks of putting a self-infatuated political ignoramus in the White House? Do they hate Hillary Clinton more than they love their country? No doubt Democrats are enjoying the GOP's agonizing moment of truth, but…

USA TODAY: Trump, Clinton double-team charters: Column

By David Osborne and Richard Whitmire The list of failed school reforms launched since 1983’s A Nation at Risk is embarrassingly long. Worse yet, these sputtering reforms appear to be stacking up at a faster rate: Common Core, evaluating teachers partly on student test scores, luring top teachers into low-performing schools. Nothing seems to work out, with…

NY Daily News: A counterproductive new trade consensus: Democrats need to get responsible on the TPP and other economic pacts

After the Republican fear-fest in Cleveland, watching the Democrats in Philadelphia last week was like stepping out of the Dark Ages into the Enlightenment. Donald Trump may have no use for facts, civility or rational argument, but these things still seem to matter to Democrats. There was, however, a big exception to the rule: trade.…

The Daily Beast: The Coming GOP Clown Show in Cleveland Has Responsible Republicans Running the Other Way

When Republicans nominate Donald J. Trump for president in Cleveland next week, it will mark the nadir of their party’s 164-year existence. To go from Lincoln to Trump is to descend from the sublime to the ridiculous. As a progressive, I should be delighted because a Trump-led GOP should portend sweeping Democratic gains this fall.…

The Hill: New student debt rule could harm taxpayers and spur speculative litigation

President Obama often cites escalating college costs and student debt burdens as major obstacles to upward mobility for many young Americans. He is right, but the White House just proposed a new rule that, rather than make college more affordable, makes it too easy for students to get out of paying back their student loans. The problem is that it could stick American taxpayers with the…

The Daily Beast: Hillary Clinton Will Be Barack Obama’s Third Term

With so much ink spilled on the prospects of a Trump presidency, far less attention is being devoted to the more likely scenario of a Hillary Clinton presidency. When there has been sustained speculation, it’s typically been either biographical or ideological: how would her storied professional and personal life, or her sometimes unclear political beliefs, shape…

U.S. News & World Report: Tom Vilsack for Veep

On what basis should presidential nominees pick their running mates? Theories abound, but there's scant proof that vice presidential candidates ever change electoral outcomes. It's still an important choice that says much about a nominee's political psychology and needs. But selecting a veep, like pairing wines with food, is more art than science. There used…

The Hill: How ‘Brexit’ would inflame populism abroad – and here in the US

The 'Brexit' tide at last seems to have hit the sturdy seawall of British common sense. Heading into today's national referendum, polls show rising support for staying in the European Union. True, the contest remains a dead heat and could go either way. But the momentum apparently shifted after last week's shocking murder of Labour…

The Hill: Trade is popular in swing states, among Democrats

The Hill’s Vicki Needham cited a PPI poll and quoted both PPI President Will Marshall and Senior Fellow for Trade and Global Opportunity Ed Gerwin in an article on how voter’s opinions on trade will impact the election. Voters in four battleground states — Colorado, Florida, Nevada, and Ohio — expressed positive views about the…

Does ‘Deadbeat Donald’ Have Any Money?

On Saturday, Donald Trump issued an “emergency” appeal seeking $100,000 for his campaign “to help get our ads on the air.” This was odd for three reasons. First, according to his own commercials, the main premise of Trump’s campaign was that he would pay for it himself. Second, Trump’s campaign disclosure forms allege that his…

RealClearPolicy: Trump’s Wrong on Trade Policy & Maybe Trade Politics, Too

The Washington Post’s Catherine Rampell recently detailed the economic carnage that would result from Donald Trump’s reckless approach to trade — including likely recessions, millions of lost jobs, and higher prices for American consumers. As we’ve detailed, protectionism is bad economics. But, apparently, it’s been good politics for Trump as well as Bernie Sanders, both…

MIT Technology Review: Dear Silicon Valley: Forget Flying Cars, Give Us Economic Growth

Dr. Michael Mandel, PPI’s chief economic strategist, is quoted in David Rotman’s piece about the advances in technology and economic slowdown.  Michael Mandel, an economist at the Progressive Policy Institute in Washington, D.C., says the productivity slowdown is occurring in what he calls the physical industries, including manufacturing and health care. Such industries, which he…

Financial Times: Who will be Hillary Clinton’s vice-presidential pick?

PPI President Will Marshall was quoted in the Financial Times about his thoughts on who Hillary Clinton should choose for her running mate. The improbable elevation of Trump to the GOP nomination leaves open a vast swath of political terrain across the middle. It puts in play all kinds of moderate Republicans, particularly suburbanites, particularly…

San Diego Union-Tribune: Public Nuisance Lawsuits Out of Control

This past year, public nuisance lawsuits have spiraled out of control in California. Cities like San Diego, Berkeley and Los Angeles have been convinced to sue U.S. companies for enormous sums. Trial lawyers, looking to win big, scour the state and the nation for potential plaintiffs and then recruit municipalities to partner with them to…

Motherboard: How the Apple Store Went from ‘Impossible Thought’ to Job Creator

Motherboard’s Nicholas Deleon wrote an article about the rise of the App Economy, in which he cited a PPI report. Apple even claims that 1.9 million jobs have been created in the US in large part to the App Store. (The Progressive Policy Institute, a liberal think tank, suggests similar numbers.)” Read the article in…

The News & Observer: The new Edsels? The hard selling of Clinton and Trump

PPI President Will Marshall was quoted in an article from The News & Observer, which discussed the unpopularity of both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump and how that will affect undecided voters. Somehow a brand is needed that will woo the swing voters, whose top priority is seeing their economic situation improve. That doesn’t lend…

The Hill: Geopolitics moves to center stage of Obama trade deal push

PPI Senior Fellow and trade expert Ed Gerwin was quoted by The Hill’s Vicki Needham in this article about the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Ed Gerwin, a trade expert with the Progressive Policy Institute, said that the significance of the strategic issues only became clear to him after he traveled to Japan last fall and spoke with…

Charlotte Observer: How swing voters could swing – to Trump

David Lightman of The Charlotte Observer cited a PPI survey in his article on general election swing voters. One survey in battlegrounds Colorado, Florida, Nevada and Ohio finds that swing voters are 21 percent of the electorate and voted for different parties in the last two elections, 2012 and 2014. They largely call themselves independents (84…

PRESS RELEASE: Consumers Want One Set of Rules Protecting Their Information

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 27, 2016 CONSUMERS WANT ONE SET OF RULES PROTECTING THEIR ONLINE INFORMATION, PUBLIC OPINION STRATEGIES AND HART SURVEY FINDS National Poll Finds 94 Percent of Internet Users Agree All Companies Collecting Data Online Should Follow Same Rules WASHINGTON—When consumers go online, they want their privacy protected, and they feel that no…

The Hill: Universal Pensions: A Progressive Alternative to Retirement

In the midst of the chaos of this election cycle, some important themes are emerging. In particular, voters are highly worried about retirement security. Indeed, 91 percent of voters in four swing states agree that most Americans are not prepared for retirement. That’s according to a poll by the Progressive Policy Institute (PPI), in partnership…

RealClearPolicy: Nuclear Innovation Can Support Growth and a Healthy Climate

Amid mounting public concern about climate change, many progressives are giving nuclear energy another look. It’s already America’s biggest source of zero-carbon energy, far surpassing wind and solar. And “next generation” reactor technologies hold great promise for generating nuclear power in safer, cleaner, and cheaper ways. What’s more, America will need more nuclear energy to…

U.S. News & World Report: When Performance Pay Doesn’t Pay Off

In 2005, Denver stepped into the national spotlight by adopting a performance pay system negotiated with the teachers' union, financed by a $25 million-a-year boost in property taxes. The subsequent decade of experience reveals a surprising lesson: No one in Denver thinks performance pay has made much difference in student outcomes, but most agree that…

Press Release: PPI Statement on USITC Report Concerning the Trans-Pacific Partnership

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 19, 2016 Contact: Cody Tucker, ctucker@ppionline.org, 202-775-0106; Steven Chlapecka, schlapecka@ppionline.org, 202-525-3931 WASHINGTON—Ed Gerwin, senior fellow for trade and global opportunity at the Progressive Policy Institute (PPI), today released the following statement after the United States International Trade Commission (USITC) released a new report concerning the likely impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership…

Transportation Topics: Infrastructure Permitting Project Delays Driving Up Costs, Experts Say

PPI President Will Marshall was quoted on his thoughts about reforming America's transportation infrastructure. Infrastructure projects in the United States are taking up to 10 years to gain regulatory approval, a problem that is too often sending investors to other countries and driving up the costs of projects, several transportation experts said An “accumulation of…

Recode: Google wants to prove its app business is just as good as Apple’s

A PPI report on App Economy jobs is cited in this article from Recode. Beyond flaunting the growth of Play, Google has another motive in highlighting the success of apps like Prune. It needs to convince regulators in Europe, who have opened an antitrust case against Android, that the operating system boosts other companies instead…

The Mile-High City Leads the Way

Some of the most dramatic gains in urban education have come from school districts using a "portfolio strategy": negotiating performance agreements with some mix of traditional, charter and hybrid public schools, allowing them great autonomy, letting them handcraft their schools to fit the needs of their students, giving parents their choice of schools, replicating successful…

Market Realist: What’s behind the US Economy’s Remarkable Labor Market Strength

Rick Rieder cites a PPI report in this piece about the recent growth of the United States economy. Technology (IGM) is not only one of the fastest-growing industries. It has also created millions of jobs. It’s an important enabler of innovative product development. For example, technology has led to the emergence of the new app…

Money and Schools: Debating Ben Spielberg 50 Years After the Coleman Report

Is “more money” a vital education policy, when compared with other possible changes? Should taxpayers allocate significantly more money to existing K-12 public schools, without demanding structural reforms? On average, if existing K-12 public schools had more money, would students obtain significant or sustainable benefits? Increasingly, conventional wisdom answers “yes:” many say that money alone,…

CNNMoney: The economy needs a Cheerleader-in-Chief

PPI President Will Marshall was quoted in an article on economic despair from CNNMoney's Steven A. Holmes. In a recent AP poll, 54% of respondents described the economy as "poor." In a new CNNMoney/E*Trade survey, a majority graded the economy as a "C" — or worse. In Gallup's weekly survey, 60% of Americans said the…

The Washington Post: Why Trump and Clinton should name their entire Cabinets right now

Now that Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas has announced Carly Fiorina as his vice presidential pick — an unusual move for a presidential candidate trailing in the polls and weeks out from his party’s convention — speculation will inevitably follow about who front-runners Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump might select as running mates. Not only should…

U.S. News: The Unpopular Winners

PPI President Will Marshall was quoted in a piece from U.S. News & World Report on the unpopularity of both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Clinton has a golden resume in conventional terms, having served as secretary of state, U.S. senator from New York and first lady when her husband Bill was president. She is…

The Daily Beast – Clinton’s Key: Never Mind the Bernie Bros, Here Come the Swing Voters

The nominating contest grinds on, but the Acela primary set the stage for a general election faceoff between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Trump’s solid majorities mean that GOP voters, in their inscrutable wisdom, have spoken, choosing a political neophyte who’s never held any public office, has no discernable governing philosophy, and whose campaign consists…

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Need for high-tech workers is critical

A PPI report on the growth of the tech economy was referenced in this piece from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Thanks to growing companies like Citi, Enterprise, NISC, ESRI, Curas, BoardPaq and many others, St. Charles County is a strong part of the ‘Silicon Prairie’ in metro St. Louis and the Midwest,” Ehlmann said. “There…

Politico: Purple Reign?

A PPI survey was one of the topics of discussion in Politico’s Morning Trade. Veteran Democratic pollster Peter Brodnitz says there’s a big misconception about how voters view trade, noting a new Progressive Policy Institute poll that shows 65 percent of swing voters in four battleground states think manufacturing jobs have been lost to cheap…

Financial Times: White House Countdown – Toilet talk

The Financial Times referenced a PPI survey in an article about the American presidential primaries. As the campaigns inch towards the general election, new polling suggests that the eventual Republican and Democratic nominees will have to perform some nimble adjustments to their policy messages if they are to successfully lure swing voters, my colleague Sam…

McClatchy: Who will win over the voters who aren’t angry?

A recent poll conducted by the PPI was cited in this McClatchy article on swing voters in the upcoming election. Swing voters aren’t angry. But they’re tired of nasty, strident partisan rhetoric, and they don’t believe the economy is rigged against them. Those are among the findings of a survey of swing voters in four…

The Daily Beast: Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders Are Delusional on Trade Policy

In this campaign season of populist anger and demagoguery, bad ideas are bubbling to the surface like marsh gas. Among the worst is protectionism, which would wreak havoc on a U.S. economy that’s finally picking up steam. Both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders have seized on trade as a convenient scapegoat for the nation’s economic…

Slate: One Reason Tax Returns Are So Complicated? Because H&R Block and Other Preparers Like It That Way

Slate columnist Helaine Olen references a PPI report in this article on the complexity and cost of filing taxes. “According to the Progressive Policy Institute, the average recipient of the earned income tax credit loses about $400 of his or her refunds to the preparers who helped complete and submit his or her taxes. For…

KMOV: Startup company helping entrepreneurs connect in St. Charles County

A PPI report on tech companies is cited in this article from local Missouri news station KMOV. St. Charles County is one of the top 25 places for tech companies, according to a recent report from the Progressive Policy Institute.” For the rest of the article, visit KMOV.

The Atlantic: How the Tax-Prep Industry Takes Advantage of Low-Income Filers

The Atlantic’s Gillian B. White wrote about the PPI’s recent report on the exploitation of low income workers by tax preparation services. The Earned Income Tax Credit program has become one of the largest national anti-poverty programs in the country, distributing about $67 billion to around 28 million low-income workers and their families. By that…

The Hub: Income tax preparation chains target low-income filers, study suggests

A PPI Report by senior fellow Paul Weinstein is discussed in this article for Johns Hopkins University's magazine. National tax preparation chains continue to exploit the working poor, many of whom spend a significant portion of a key federal anti-poverty tax credit just to pay for filing their taxes, a new study concludes. These large…

U.S. News & World Report: The Weapon Against Inequality That 2016 Forgot

If the democratic candidates are serious about combating inequality, they should start by embracing education reform. For education reformers, the 2016 presidential primaries have been a wasteland. The Republican circus has produced many memorable moments, but few if any have touched on education. Even on the Democratic side, education has been virtually invisible. The major…

PRESS RELEASE: PPI Report: Tax Prep Chains Target Low-Income Workers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 14, 2016 Contact: Cody Tucker, ctucker@ppionline.org, 202-775-0106, or Steven Chlapecka, schlapecka@ppionline.org, 202-525-3926 PPI Report: Tax Prep Chains Target Low-Income Workers Taxpayers eligible for the EITC spend as much as 22 percent of their refund to file WASHINGTON—National tax preparation chains continue to exploit the working poor, many of whom spend a…

Education Next: Denver Expands Choice and Charters

Some of the most dramatic gains in urban education have come from school districts using what’s known as a “portfolio strategy.” Under this approach, districts negotiate performance agreements with public schools—traditional, charter, and hybrid models. The arrangement affords school leaders substantial autonomy to handcraft their schools to fit the needs of their students. Districts give…

CNN: America needs more than populist message

With Donald Trump and Ted Cruz locked in a bitter battle for the Republican nomination, the stakes in 2016 rise dramatically. The likely victory of either one of these deeply flawed candidates will give Democrats a chance not only to hold the White House, but also to realign U.S. politics. No wonder Republicans are panicking.…

The Economist: Bots, the next frontier

A PPI Report on the App Economy is referenced in this piece from The Economist. No guarantee exists, however, that the bot economy will be as successful as the app one, which has created 3.3m jobs just in America and Europe, according to the Progressive Policy Institute, a think-tank” Read the full article at The Economist.

Forbes: The Progressive Policy Institute’s Push to Cut Bureaucracy

Forbes contributor Jared Meyer recently interviewed PPI's chief economic strategist Dr. Michael Mandel on regulatory reform and economic growth. The Progressive Policy Institute recently released a report titled “Unleashing Innovation & Growth.” The report covers a comprehensive list of public policy topics, including reforming America’s growing level of federal regulation. In what follows, PPI’s chief…

Washington Examiner: Should we care less about inequality?

Jason Russell quotes PPI President Will Marshall on public opinion towards economic inequality and how it can change over time. "If everybody else is rising then really, in this country, there isn't a strong appetite for punishing wealth creators," Will Marshall, president of the liberal Progressive Policy Institute, said Wednesday at an inequality discussion hosted…

Washington Post: The new Democratic Party proposal to rival Bernie Sanders’ socialism

Simplicity is one of Bernie Sanders' great strengths: Corporations and the rich have rigged the economy. His solutions sound simple, even when the plans behind them are complicated: college for all, health care for all, tax the rich, break up big banks. He trails Hillary Clinton in presidential delegates to this point, and he remains…

PRESS RELEASE: New PPI Report Links Future U.S. Productivity to Mobile Broadband Availability

Study finds that Next-Generation Wireless Networks Could Add Nearly $3 Trillion to U.S. GDP by 2030; Increase Economic Output by 11 Percent WASHINGTON—A new policy report released today by the Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) examines the long-term relationship between mobile broadband and U.S. economic growth and relates it to current public policy questions. The report,…

The Hill: Which past presidential election offers this year’s closest parallel?

Every four years since 2000, during the fall semester, I've taught a college course on that year's unfolding presidential election. In the past, it's been fairly easy to point to a prior election year that offers illuminating historical parallels. But this time, I'm finding that the problem is not in identifying a parallel year; it's…

Federal Agencies Should Investigate on Reasonable Fears, But Regulate on Science

In November, the Food & Drug Administration approved for the first time a modified, fast-growing salmon for human consumption. More than five years ago, FDA accepted a risk assessment's conclusion that the modified fish was safe to eat and posed no threat to the environment. The FDA re-opened the process for additional comment because critics…

Real Clear Policy: When State AGs Abuse Their Power

In recent years, several states have seen their attorneys general mired in some kind of scandal. Pennsylvania is the most recent example. This trend, while disturbing, is not surprising: The role of the state attorney general has evolved over the past 20 years from mere law enforcer to general policymaker. Today, both Democratic and Republican…

Democracy: A New Kind of Public Works

Barack Obama is thinking big as his presidency enters the final stretch. The centerpiece of his last budget, unveiled this week, is a $300 billion plan for a “clean transportation system”—the biggest federal infrastructure push since President Eisenhower launched the interstate highway system. Here at last is a fix that’s equal to the magnitude of…

Financial Times: Democrats struggle to harness economic feelgood factor

Will Marshall, president of the Progressive Policy Institute, said that once Democratic strategists have moved past the primaries and into the general election they will need to portray a hopeful economic picture to voters — learning from the 2014 midterm elections in which he said the party had failed to capitalize on economic improvements under…

Politico: Presidential Politics Loom over TPP Signing

Ed Gerwin, PPI's senior fellow for trade and global opportunity is quoted in Politico talking about how U.S. elections are effecting TPP negotiations: As the agreement was inked Wednesday, contrarians argue the tough campaign talk on TPP may actually encourage congressional Republicans to embrace it, fearing a historic missed opportunity to anchor the United States strategically and…

McClatchy: At start of campaign, the last gasp of political parties?

David Lightman quotes PPI President Will Marshall about how political parties are losing their grasp on the American political system: In 2012, average voter turnout for statewide primaries for president, governor and U.S. Senate plunged to its lowest level since the modern primary system became popular in 1972. “No one likes political parties anymore,” said Jan Leighley,…

Miami Herald: Florida’s innovation engine sputtering, recent analyses show

Reporting on the state of Florida's app economy, Miami Herald's Nancy Dahlberg uses data collected by Dr. Michael Mandel The Progressive Policy Institute’s Chief Economic Strategist Michael Mandel recently released a list of the top 25 App Economy states that ranked Florida sixth in the nation for the number of jobs, with more than 59,000 “app economy jobs”…

Dallas Business Journal: Texas finds roughly half of its mobile application-related jobs in DFW

The Dallas Business Journal cites data collected by PPI's chief economic strategist Michael Mandel on the growth of App Economy jobs in Dallas, Texas: The Progressive Policy Institute based in Washington, D.C., reported that the DFW region comprised 44 percent of the states workforce within the space in the month of December. The data includes development jobs as…

The Hill: In TPP review, focus on small business and digital trade

With the release of the full text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement last November, the American people and their representatives now have an extensive opportunity to analyze the specific provisions of the proposed deal. In addition, as required by recent trade legislation, the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) is conducting a detailed, independent…

The Wall Street Journal: Marshall on Anger with Wall Street

In his analysis of how the two parties still do not agree what caused the 2008 financial crisis, Nick Timiraos of The Wall Street Journal quotes PPI president Will Marshall: Anger at Wall Street among primary voters in both parties illustrates how “extreme antibusiness populism on the left is intersecting with extreme antigovernment populism on the right,”…

Wall Street Journal: The App Economy and Apple

Daisuke Wakabayashi of The Wall Street Journal mentions data collected by PPI's Michael Mandel, that analyzes America's app economy, in his analysis of Apple: Apple said the business of creating apps for its products has created and supported—directly and indirectly—1.9 million jobs in the U.S., nearly three-quarters of them for app creators, software engineers and entrepreneurs. Those…

The Hill: Gerwin On the TPP and Small-Business

PPI Senior Fellow for Trade and Global Opportunity Ed Gerwin was quoted by The Hill's Vicki Needham commenting on the positive effect Obama's proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership would have on American small-businesses: "Ed Gerwin, a senior fellow for trade and global opportunity at the Progressive Policy Institute (PPI), said that the business groups must help to…

Forbes: U.S. Energy Policy Now Reflects Our Energy Reality

Discussing U.S. energy policy, Forbes contributor Bringham A. McCown utilized a recent report by PPI's Dr. Michael Mandel: In fact, the energy industry is generating more revenue for this country than ever before. A recent report released by the Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) showed six out of the top 25 companies that invested in the U.S.…

PPI Urges Congress to Support Internet Tax Freedom Act

WASHINGTON—The Progressive Policy Institute today released the following statement urging Congress to pass the Internet Tax Freedom Act: "The development of the Internet has been the single biggest driver of growth in the United States over the last two decades, disrupting and transforming industries in every corner of our economy. Not only has it been…

WSJ: The Folly of Targeting Big Pharma

An unfortunate refrain among Democratic presidential hopefuls is that rapacious pharmaceutical and biotech companies are driving up the cost of essential medications, bankrupting the health-care system, and depriving sick Americans of treatment. Hillary Clinton has honed her message to a nice sound bite: Drug companies that charge excessively high prices “are making a fortune off…

U.S. News & World Report: Engaging Families to Help Students Succeed

Everyone in public education knows that what happens at home is more important than what happens at school. Hence, many successful schools work to engage parents (or their substitutes) in their children's education. Indeed, many of the nation's best charter schools have long sent teachers to visit their students' homes and asked parents to sign…

WSJ: Small Businesses With a Big Stake in the Pacific Trade Deal

During the seven years that the Trans-Pacific Partnership was being negotiated, critics repeatedly claimed that the trade agreement wouldn’t be about trade or cutting tariffs but, instead, would primarily advance the special interests of large multinationals. Economist Joseph Stiglitz, for example, warned that the TPP could “benefit the wealthiest sliver of the American and global…

RealClearPolitics: What Obama Must Do in Syria

Syria has become Barack Obama’s Iraq—a foreign policy debacle rooted in faulty assumptions about the utility of American power. Where George W. Bush overstated what U.S. military intervention could achieve in Iraq, Obama has underestimated the risks and costs of non-intervention in Syria. The analogy will rankle many progressives, as well as conservative “realists” who…

Washington Monthly: For More and Better Choices in Wireless Broadband, Government Should Give Up More Spectrum

“Buy land,” Will Rogers is famous for having said, “They’re not making any more of it.” But the same constraint applies to a similar resource - electromagnetic spectrum, the real estate on which the economy’s future will be built. This week, the powerful Senate Commerce Committee will take steps in addressing this modern-day conundrum. And…

Marshall on Appointments of Wall Street Veterans

To The Wall Street Journal's Nick Timiraos, PPI President Will Marshall defended the use of Wall Street appointees to high-level presidential administrative positions: Some Democrats have faulted that approach. 'The idea that you have to excommunicate anybody who ever worked in the financial sector is ridiculous,' said Will Marshall, president of the Progressive Policy Institute,…

The Guardian: ‘New Democrats’ sound alarm over Sanders and Clinton’s leftward march

PPI President Will Marshall was quoted in a piece by The Guardian addressing the 2016 Democratic presidential candidates and the party's shift to the left: At Columbia University in New York this weekend, the Progressive Policy Institute, which helped Bill Clinton and Tony Blair pioneer so-called third way politics in the 1990s, held a closed-door…

CNN: What Democrats should talk about Friday

Compared to the Republicans' presidential cattle calls, the next Democratic debate will be an intimate affair, since the field has shrunk to just three candidates. They will gather in South Carolina Friday for a "candidate forum" moderated by MSNBC's uber-progressive Rachel Maddow. That sounds like a recipe for another rousing round of populism, business-bashing and…

Mandel on Uber’s True Innovation

PPI's Cheif Economic Strategist Michael Mandel was quoted by Sam Shead of Business Insider regarding the rise and impact of Uber: Uber’s most significant innovation is not its widely-used taxi hailing app, an economist from a US think-tank said on Tuesday. Speaking at the FT Innovate conference in London, Michael Mandel, chief economic strategist at the Progressive…

Quartz: The TPP could help tiny companies become global exporters

Ed Gerwin, PPI Senior Fellow for Trade and Global Opportunity, was quoted by Ana Campoy of Quartz talking about the importance and influence of Obama's proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership: Aside from the lower tariffs that are part of any run-of-the-mill trade agreement, TPP has a whole chapter on international e-commerce, and another on small- and medium-sized companies.…

The Daily Beast: Hillary’s Trade Flip-Flop

Hillary Clinton’s decision to oppose President Obama’s top trade priority is beyond disappointing. It devalues two of her real assets – foreign policy expertise and political loyalty – while aligning her with the most economically retrograde voices on the “populist” left. Political reporters naturally played up Clinton’s “break” with Obama, who has just wrapped up…

PRESS RELEASE: PPI Statement On Secretary Clinton’s Opposition to TPP

WASHINGTON-- The Progressive Policy Institute issued the following statement in response to Secretary Clinton’s announced opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement: “Progressives—and all Americans—seek an economic future with good jobs and more inclusive economic growth. The Trans-Pacific Partnership can help achieve both of these important goals. The TPP would expand U.S. trade to growing…

The Washington Post: The mysterious investment bust

Referencing a recent report by Michael Mandel, The Washington Posts' Robert J. Samuelson discusses corporate investment: Of course, businesses haven’t stopped investing entirely. In 2014, they spent $2.2 trillion on buildings, equipment (computers, machinery, trucks), software and research. For many large firms, the amounts are huge, estimates economist Michael Mandel of the Progressive Policy Institute, a…

A Tale of Two School Systems

In public education, the District of Columbia may be the nation's most interesting laboratory. It is the only city with two public school systems of roughly equal size, each with a different governance model. The results of this competition have profound implications for the future of public education nationwide. The older of the two, the…

PRESS RELEASE: PPI Statement on Announcement of TPP Deal

WASHINGTON-- Ed Gerwin, Senior Fellow for Trade and Global Opportunity at the Progressive Policy Institute (PPI), today released the following statement in response to Monday’s announcement that top trade officials from the 12 Trans-Pacific Partnership countries have successfully completed their negotiations: “PPI welcomes Monday’s announcement that the United States and its 11 negotiating partners have…

RealClearWorld: Does Labour Have a Death Wish?

All political parties struggle to reconcile their core convictions with their desire to win elections. But apparently there's one party so pristinely principled that it despises its own electoral successes. I refer, of course, to Britain's Labour Party. In choosing as its new leader Jeremy Corbyn, a long-time fixture of the hard-left fringe, the party…

A simple way to grow America’s economy and create jobs

It’s hard to find common ground between the two parties in Washington these days, but getting America out of this protracted entrepreneurial slump should be an urgent national priority. Here’s one idea that ought to appeal to both sides: Enable the nation’s credit unions to invest more in new and small businesses. One of the…

Press Release: PPI Unveils Report Measuring Indonesia’s App Economy at Public Forum in Jakarta

Report estimates 22,000 App jobs in Indonesia JAKARTA—The Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) today released a new policy report at a public forum in Jakarta, which measures the growing contribution of digital innovation to the Indonesian economy, compares the environment for investment in Indonesia to other locations in Southeast Asia, and warns of potential policy pitfalls…

Washington Post: Lowest performing D.C. Public Schools should become charters

David Osborne's newest report, "A Tale of Two Systems: Education Reform in Washington D.C.", was featured as an exclusive in the Washington Post: The D.C. Public Schools is not equipped to improve its lowest-performing schools and should have the ability to convert them to charter schools, according to a report being released this week by…

Wall Street Journal: Broadband Investment is Falling

PPI Senior Fellow Hal Singer's analysis on the impact of the FCC's net neutrality ruling was cited in the Wall Street Journal: Before Obamanet went into effect, economist Hal Singer of the Progressive Policy Institute predicted in The Wall Street Journal that if price and other regulations were introduced, capital investments by ISPs could quickly…

PRESS RELEASE: New PPI Report Highlights Benefits of TPP, Freer Trade for Vietnam

HANOI—The Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) today released a new policy report highlighting how key reforms Vietnam would need to implement under the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) could ultimately provide important benefits for Vietnam itself. The report was made public at an American Chamber of Commerce event in Hanoi attended by influential U.S. and Vietnamese business…

Press Release: PPI Unveils Report Measuring Vietnam’s App Economy at Public Forum in Hanoi

PPI Unveils Report Measuring Vietnam’s App Economy at Public Forum in Hanoi Report estimates 29,000 App jobs in Vietnam HANOI—The Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) today released a new policy report at a public forum in Hanoi, which measures the growing contribution of digital innovation to the Vietnamese economy, compares the environment for investment in Vietnam…

Weinstein on To the Point Discussing Affordable College Education

A three year college degree is just one proposal to rethink the cost of college education. With the average graduate carrying $30 thousand in debt and middle class parents depleting their retirement funds to pay for higher education, has the time come for radical reform? PPI Senior Fellow Paul Weinsten tells Guest host Barbara Bogaev…

The Hill: No injury. No lawsuit. No service.

The Supreme Court this month received the first round of briefing in a case that could cure one of the newest, most significant abuses in our civil justice system: massive class actions that lawyers file on behalf of people who are not injured. In these cases, the class action plaintiffs’ lawyers use novel legal theories…

Washington Monthly: How New Orleans Made Charter Schools Work

Last year 2.9 million children attended 6,700 charter schools in America—public schools independent of districts and free of many bureaucratic constraints. Since charters were invented in Minnesota twenty-four years ago, they have become the subject of intense battles between supporters and detractors. Supporters point out that charters receive 28 percent less money per child, on…

The Daily Beast: Will Iran Get a Better Deal Than U.S. Oil?

As Congress takes up the Iran nuclear deal next month, it ought to confront this paradox: The agreement allows the Iranians to do something Americans can’t—sell oil to the rest of the world. Don’t get me wrong. I support the deal, under which Tehran would stop enriching weapons-grade uranium for the next 15 years in…

CNN: Why we need the 3-year college degree

In rolling out an ambitious higher education plan this month, Hillary Clinton put a genuine national dilemma -- America's ballooning student debt crisis -- at the center of the 2016 debate. What a refreshing contrast to her Republican opponents. Clinton's "New College Compact" is a big, multifaceted plan to take the debt monkey off the…

Forbes: Does The Tumble In Broadband Investment Spell Doom For The FCC’s Open Internet Order?

They said it wouldn’t happen. They offered assurances from three Wall Street analysts, who insisted that Internet service providers (ISPs) would continue to invest at the same levels regardless of the regulatory climate. When it issued its Open Internet Order in February of this year, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) never counted on its prediction…

The Hill: A run by Biden would reinforce VP trend

Throughout his vice presidency, Joe Biden has rarely been considered as a potential presidential candidate in his own right. His two prior runs had come to little, his advancing age worked against him and his party had its eye on another candidate. Further, his immediate predecessor, Dick Cheney, had set something of an example by…

Forbes: Don’t Tax Broadband In Order To Subsidize It

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently proposed amending its low-income “Lifeline” program—which provides a $9.25 per month credit for consumers of voice services—to permit recipients to apply that same subsidy instead to broadband services. Who could argue against increasing options for low-income Americans? Before critiquing the FCC’s proposal, it’s important to point out that expanding…

WSJ: Beyond the Internet, Innovation Struggles

PPI Chief Economic Strategist Michael Mandel's recent work on measuring innovation was featured in the Wall Street Journal: In a new study, Michael Mandel of the Progressive Policy Institute notes that previous innovation waves straddled numerous disciplines: information processing, transportation, medicine, energy and materials. There’s a reason why, in the 1967 film “The Graduate,” Dustin…

As the GOP Debates Begin, Three Factors Explain This Year’s Presidential Clown Car

This year's overcrowded field of 17 GOP presidential candidates may be an amazing spectacle, but it really should come as no surprise. The so-called "presidential clown car" is parked at the intersection of three distinct rings in the circus of Republican politics: the party's internal unhinging, an extraordinarily wide-open political field, and the electoral unfettering…

PRESS RELEASE: PPI Statement On Significant Progress of TPP Negotiations

WASHINGTON— Ed Gerwin, Senior Fellow for Trade and Global Opportunity at the Progressive Policy Institute, today released the following statement after top trade officials from the 12 Trans-Pacific Partnership countries on Friday announced significant progress on the historic trade agreement: “PPI welcomes Friday’s announcement that the United States and its 11 negotiating partners have made…

U.S. News & World Report: Put Infrastructure Back on Track

The Highway Trust Fund is a good first step to funding infrastructure, but private investment is key. Before we celebrate pending congressional action over funding for the Highway Trust Fund – be it a short-term deal now or long-term deal later – consider that the United States needs about nine times that amount annually to…

Forbes: Congress Holds The Key To More Broadband Competition

Are we getting enough broadband competition? And if not, where should we look for a new Internet access provider to keep broadband prices in check and to spur incumbents to increase speeds? The answer may be staring you in the face . . . assuming you are reading this from a wireless device. Even if…

Financial Times: US income inequality rises up political agenda

PPI President, Will Marshall, was quoted in a piece by Financial Times addressing how 2016 Presidential candidates are approaching strengthening the middle class and reducing income inequality: Will Marshall, founder of the Progressive Policy Institute, says that Democrats too need to recognise the centrality of growth to any programme aimed at lifting middle class incomes. “Americans are…

Wall Street Journal: Obama’s Big Idea for Small Savers: ‘Robo’ Financial Advice

If you’re a Democratic policy maker worried about retirement savings for the little guy, would you deny millions of small savers access to financial advisers in ways that could cost them $80 billion in the next market downturn? Would you ask working families to pay more to keep the adviser they have? The obvious answer…

PPI Statement on Iran Nuclear Deal

Progressive Policy Institute President Will Marshall today released the following statement after the announcement of a landmark nuclear agreement between the United States, Iran, and five other world powers: “Even before today’s nuclear deal with Iran was struck, President Obama’s critics accused him of giving away the store. Now the burden of proof falls on…

RealClearBooks: Who Will Break the Spell of Polarization?

Republicans are frequently blamed for America’s intensifying political polarization, and not without cause. Surveys show that they have moved farther to the right than Democrats have to the left and are less disposed to political compromise. The GOP also benefits more from polarization, in that it induces paralysis in Washington. For conservatives who see the…

U.S. News & World Report: The Wrong School Choice

Nevada's new school voucher law will make inequality worse. I'm struggling to understand an intellectual disconnect of the first order. Nearly everyone involved in education reform wrings their hands about the achievement gaps between poor and nonpoor, between white and minority students. And most Americans are increasingly disturbed about widening inequality of income and wealth.…

The Hill: New Caucus Puts Spotlight on UN Peacekeeping

As the United Nations commemorates the 70th anniversary of its founding this week, it can claim a major accomplishment in the 69 peacekeeping operations that it has led around the world since 1948. Soon, the U.N.'s "blue helmets" will be receiving a renewed spotlight on Capitol Hill through a Congressional Peacekeeping Caucus recently formed by…

PRESS RELEASE: PPI Applauds Congress on Trade Votes

Ed Gerwin, Senior Fellow for Trade and Global Opportunity at the Progressive Policy Institute, today released the following statement after passage of Trade Promotion Authority and Trade Adjustment Assistance legislation in Congress: PPI applauds Congress for voting this week to advance a forward-looking trade agenda that will help grow America’s economy and support good jobs—while…

Gerwin Discusses Recent Trade Votes on California’s NBC4

Ed Gerwin, PPI Senior Fellow for Trade and Global Opportunity, talks with NBC4's Conan Nolan about recent trade votes in the House of Representatives and the future of trade agreements.

The Sacramento Bee: Science, not politics, should drive California regs on BPA

As the presidential campaign season gets underway, it reminds us how much we loath the politics of fear mongering. Half-truths and half-baked policy proposals have become staples of modern campaigns. You betcha! Until recently, there was a difference between campaigning and governing. Governments are supposed to base their decisions on hard facts and real science.…

Weinstein on WBUR: Will Three-Year Colleges Make The Grade?

With college costs rising and many students struggling with loan debt, some colleges are offering three-year bachelor’s degree programs to reduce costs and send graduates out into the world a year sooner. PPI Senior Fellow Paul Weinstein, who also directs the M.A. in Public Management program at Johns Hopkins University, tells Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson why…

The Washington Post: Three of Obama’s biggest fights are about to be decided

PPI Chief Economic Strategist Michael Mandel was quoted in The Washington Post regarding the impact of the OECD's BEPS rules on U.S. jobs and tax revenue: An international tax agreement could draw companies out of the United States, writes the Progressive Policy Institute's chief economic strategist, Michael Mandel. "You probably haven't heard of the BEPS project — but you…

NEWSMAX: Mandel: Obama’s Support of Global Tax Reform Is Big Loser for US

PPI Chief Economic Strategist Michael Mandel was quoted in NEWSMAX regarding the impact of the OECD's BEPS rules on U.S. jobs and tax revenue: The Obama administration backs the project to ensure that more corporate tax payments enter the government's coffers. "But as the project heads for its end-of-year deadline ... nobody in Washington is…

Al Jazeera America: Bill Clinton’s legacy re-examined as Hillary Clinton ramps up campaign

PPI President Will Marshall was quoted in a piece by Al Jazeera America regarding the influence of Bill Clinton's legacy as President on Hillary Clinton's campaign: Others said that Hillary Clinton, facing a far different country from the one Bill Clinton governed in 1990s, will have to stand on her own merits. For those who remember the…

PRESS RELEASE: A Moment of Truth for Pro-Growth Progressives on Trade

WASHINGTON--Ed Gerwin, Senior Fellow for Trade and Opportunity at the Progressive Policy Institute, today released the following statement prior to a vote on Trade Promotion Authority in the House of Representatives: "Opening overseas markets to U.S. exports is integral to putting America back on a high-growth trajectory. PPI therefore urges pro-growth progressives to support President…

The Daily Beast: California Democrats Should Heed Obama on Trade, Not Labor

If any state ought to be pro-trade, it’s California. America’s second-largest exporter, after Texas, the Golden State boasts 840 miles of coastline rimming the burgeoning Asia-Pacific economy, as well as the nation’s busiest port, Los Angeles. Trade supports the jobs of more than 1 in 5 Californians. Yet most of California’s overwhelmingly Democratic Congressional delegation…

The Hill: Can this Congress agree to agree?

Political gridlock is a problem, but in a 50-50 country you have to expect some issues will be hard to move forward.  In today’s Washington, however, Congress is stuck and immobilized even on issues where most of its members agree.  That’s gridlock on steroids, and it’s destructive to our civics. Consider the recent debate over…

The Wall Street Journal: How the FCC Will Wreck the Internet

The Federal Communications Commission injected a considerable amount of uncertainty into the high-tech sector in February when it reclassified Internet service providers (ISPs) as public utilities. If it is upheld by the courts, the Open Internet Order—which inserts the government directly into private dealings between ISPs and firms that generate or aggregate Internet content—will drag…

PPI Applauds Senate Passage of TPA

PPI applauds the Senate for passing Trade Promotion Authority and taking a key step in assuring that America continues to be a global leader in crafting strong, progressive trade rules that will help grow our economy and support good jobs—while also advancing important American values. As PPI has detailed in recent reports on the Administration's…

The Hill: Student loan borrowers need financial literacy, not more regulation

Yesterday's Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) field hearing in Wisconsin was designed to address how student loan servicers could better serve millions of struggling borrowers. But instead of mandating that servicers provide more after-the-fact counseling, the CFPB could better help borrowers through reforms aimed at enhancing their financial literacy on the front end. The CFPB…

RealClearPolicy: A Bipartisan Approach to Energy

The infrastructure debate in Washington usually centers on planes, trains, and automobiles. However, President Obama recently highlighted America's other great infrastructure challenge — modernizing the way we move kilowatts to power our homes and businesses — by unveiling the first Quadrennial Energy Review (QER). Developed by the U.S. Department of Energy, the QER is a…

PPI Statement on Senate Trade Vote: Don’t Misread Vote as Repudiation of TPA

It would be a huge mistake to misread today's Senate trade vote as a repudiation of Trade Promotion Authority and the U.S. trade agenda. The pro-trade Democrats who provided the decisive votes today were not voting against TPA, but were seeking to include other trade measures—including those on trade enforcement and trade with Africa—in the…

Carew for Republic 3.0: The Case for a Data-Driven FDA

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is fast finding itself at the center of the debate over healthcare regulation in the 21st century. At issue: to embrace the power of data-driven innovation, or to stand by the current regulatory paradigm. Fortunately, two major Congressional initiatives may be the push the FDA needs to see the…

Marshall for CNN: Can Cameron hold U.K. together?

In what must surely rank as the oddest British election in memory, the Conservative Party has won a smashing victory. But so did its nemesis, the Scottish National Party, which ran the table north of Hadrian's Wall. The vote leaves three big questions hanging: Will Scotland leave Britain, will Britain leave Europe, and will the…

Osborne for US News: Motor City Schools Makeover

Public education in Detroit, where 57 percent of children live below the poverty line, is a mess. Detroit Public Schools, which ranked last out of 21 large districts on the 2013 National Assessment of Education Progress tests, is almost bankrupt, shrinking so fast it has about a third of the students it had a decade…

Marshall for CNN: Suddenly Britain looks like Italy

Staid old Britain suddenly looks more like Italy. No less than seven parties are vying for seats in the parliamentary election taking place Thursday, a contest that has underscored the unraveling of any national consensus around certain fundamental assumptions about Britain's role in Europe, its special relationship with the United States and even its own…

Gerwin for Republic 3.0: The Digital Economy, Trade Agreements and the 99 Percent

Who benefits from trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)? Critics—like Joseph Stiglitz and Senator Elizabeth Warren—charge that these agreements would primarily help the world’s one percent. Stiglitz, for example, claims there’s a real risk that TPP will “benefit the wealthiest sliver of the American and global elite at the expense of everyone else.” But a rapidly growing…

Huffington Post: Science, Not Politics, Should Drive Trade and Regulatory Decisions

The Obama administration issued a stinging rebuke of the European Union's decision this week to allow countries in Europe to "opt-out" of U.S. imports of genetically modified (GM) foods and feed. The U.S. Trade Representative said that such a rule "ignore[s] science-based safety and environmental determinations" that modifying crops in laboratories is no more harmful…

Wall Street Journal: Tech Employment: More Diverse Than You Think

PPI Chief Economic Strategist Michael Mandel and Economist Diana Carew's new report, Tech Opportunity for Minorities and Women: A Good News, Bad News Story, was featured in the Wall Street Journal on the growth in employment for minorities the tech labor market. “Tech jobs are growing faster and are more diverse than people think,” said…

The Hill: Pelosi’s choice: Obama or left?

Ed Gerwin, PPI Senior Fellow for Trade and Global Opportunity, was quoted in the The Hill on how Nancy Pelosi is confronting a conundrum on trade as she walks a delicate line between the president she champions and the caucus she leads: Ed Gerwin, a trade expert with the Progressive Policy Institute, a rare liberal group that supports…

CNN: Why trade is in the national interest

Withstanding intense pressure from anti-trade "progressives'' -- an oxymoron if ever there was one -- Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, has struck a deal with Congressional Republicans to move a bipartisan trade promotion authority bill. Wyden's display of grit is good news for the cooling U.S. economy, which needs a lift from export-led growth; for American workers, who…

The Hill: Is it that hard for a party to hold the White House for three terms?

Going into 2016, Democrats seem to face a daunting challenge in holding the presidency for a third consecutive term. Indeed, this feat has only been accomplished once since 1950, when George H.W. Bush succeeded the highly popular Ronald Reagan in 1988. However, a closer look at the historical record may give Democrats more reason for…

The Hill: How the Obama trade agenda can advance progressive goals

In the last month, protesters have camped out in the Washington office of Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and have even flown a 30-foot blimp over his town halls in Oregon. The senator’s offense? As the ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, Wyden is negotiating with the Obama administration and pro-trade Republicans and Democrats on…

The Iran deal and collective security

A buoyant President Obama announced on April 2 "a historic understanding with Iran" to defang its nuclear program. Chalk one up for the president's oft-criticized Middle East diplomacy. If it holds, the deal will indeed be a major foreign policy accomplishment for a president who badly needs one. But equally, if not more important, it…

Forbes: Hillary Clinton and Trade: Not a Marriage Made in Heaven

PPI senior fellow for trade and global opportunity, Ed Gerwin, today was quoted in a Forbes piece regarding Hillary Clinton and how Democrats approach to trade: “The problem is there is a strain within the Democratic Party and the progressive movement that is of the view that support for any kind of free trade agreement is an absolute…

The Hill: With Schumer likely next Senate Dem leader, a trend is broken

The announcement that Harry Reid will be retiring from the Senate in 2016, and likely succeeded by Chuck Schumer of New York as Democratic leader, would break a long streak in which floor leaders of the Senate — both majority and minority leaders — have predominantly hailed from smaller states. It's a little-recognized pattern that…

Washington Post: Setting the record straight on a net neutrality fact check

The Washington Post today set the record straight regarding a fact check it made in January involving a PPI policy report. Since the fact check was published, it has been widely misused by net neutrality proponents to discredit the report, which found that reclassification of the Internet as a public utility under Title II would pass millions of dollars in taxes…

The Hill: Obama trade agenda

PPI President Will Marshall was quoted by Kevin Cirilli in The Hill on the growing tensions in the Democratic party over President Obama’s trade agenda: Will Marshall, president of centrist Democratic think tank the Progressive Policy Institute, said that “Democratic candidates in 2016 aren't going to get into trouble for supporting” the trade agreements. “Most…

U.S. News & World Report: Why Charter Schools Work — Or Don’t

Nothing frosts me more than Diane Ravitch and her friends’ charge that charter schools amount to “corporate reform.” This is such nonsense. The charter movement was launched in the 1990s by public activists and state legislators – most of them Democrats – while business conservatives were busy pushing standards or vouchers. The critics also love to repeat…

Will Marshall discussed New Democrats Policy Agenda on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal

PPI President Will Marshall appeared on C-SPAN's Washington Journal to discuss the policy statement recently issued by the House New Democrat Coalition. The American Prosperity Agenda focuses on growth and expanding the middle class. Building on America’s strengths in rapid innovation and entrepreneurship, the Prosperity Agenda also calls for expanding vital investments in infrastructure and…

Press Release: PPI Statement On FCC Open Internet Order Release

PPI Statement On FCC Open Internet Order Release Time for Congress to Act WASHINGTON—Dr. Michael Mandel, Chief Economic Strategist of the Progressive Policy Institute (PPI), today released the following statement after the FCC published the Open Internet order: "Today, the FCC released the 400 page text of its Open Internet order. From the economic perspective,…

The Hill: The most important talk Clinton gave this week was not about email

This week, Hillary Clinton garnered huge media coverage of her remarks at the United Nations. Yet the truly important comments she made didn't involve email accounts, but rather "the great unfinished business of the 21st century." At the outset of the annual two-week session of the United Nation's Commission on the Status of Women, Clinton…

CNN: Why liberals should get behind marriage

The collapse of marriage in our poorest communities -- and its tragic impact -- is a familiar story. But increasingly, marriage is becoming a marker of class privilege in America, something increasingly reserved for the affluent. If progressives want to tackle the scourge of inequality, then the retreat from marriage is an issue they can't…

National Journal: The Long War

PPI President Will Marshall was quoted in an article in National Journal regarding the continued fight against Islamic extremism: "Obama has been imprisoned by the Iraq and Afghanistan experience," maintains Will Marshall, president of the Progressive Policy Institute, a centrist Democratic group. "You have to pick your fights carefully … but just staying out of a conflict is…

Roll Call: Centrist New Democrats Want Bigger Role in Party’s Message

PPI President Will Marshall was quoted in a piece by Roll Call laying out the role of pragmatic progressives this Congress and their hope to make their centrist message heard in the larger, and distinctly more left-leaning, House Democratic Caucus: Will Marshall, president of the Progressive Policy Institute, said that House Democratic leaders ultimately have a responsibility to represent…

The Hill: Centrist Dems ready strike against Warren wing

PPI President Will Marshall was quoted today in a story by The Hill on the role of pragmatic progressives in the 114th Congress: “Democrats ought to avoid the danger of talking about only redistribution and not enough about economic growth,” said PPI President and founder Will Marshall, who addressed House Democrats during their Philadelphia retreat in…

PPI Statement On FCC Net Neutrality Vote: FCC Shouldn’t Have the Last Word

Will Marshall, President of the Progressive Policy Institute (PPI), today released the following statement after the FCC voted in favor of Chairman Wheeler’s Open Internet rules to reclassify the Internet as a public utility: "The FCC’s decision today to impose outmoded telephone regulation on the Internet is a bad call, substantively and politically. "In the…

Politico Pro: Report urges progressives to reconsider Obama trade agenda

PPI Senior Fellow Ed Gerwin's latest report was featured in a trade story by Politico Pro's Doug Palmer: A new report urges progressive Democrats opposed to President Barack Obama’s trade agenda with countries in the Asia-Pacific to give it another look, arguing that trade deals support progressive goals in a variety of ways, including by…

Reuters: One last chance to save the Internet – from the FCC

As the Federal Communications Commission readies new net-neutrality rules this week, congressional Democrats face a choice: Should they work with the Republicans who control Congress to help pass new rules, or should they stay on the sidelines and leave the matter to a volatile regulatory process, subject to possible undoing in the courts? I disagree…

WSJ: Best Web Regulator Not Necessarily Net Neutrality

PPI Senior Fellow Hal Singer was quoted in the Wall Street Journal in a piece examining the adverse consequences of reclassifying the Internet as a public utility under Title II: “Somebody has to pay for the infrastructure,” said Hal Singer, a consultant and scholar at the Progressive Policy Institute. If ISPs can’t charge content providers, they’ll charge…

NYT: Internet Taxes, Another Window Into the Net Neutrality Debate

PPI Senior Fellow Hal Singer was quoted by the New York Times in a piece on how reclassifying the Internet as a public utility may hurt the wallet of consumers: The Internet Tax Freedom Forever Act, according to Hal Singer, an economist and senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute, “limits the damage” from Title…

PRESS RELEASE: New Survey Finds Americans Skeptical that FCC Regulation of the Internet Will Be Helpful; Favor More Disclosure

For Immediate Release WASHINGTON—The Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) today released the results of a new survey finding that most Americans are unfamiliar with the term “net neutrality,” want greater disclosure of the details of the FCC’s proposal to regulate the Internet, and think that the government regulating the Internet like a public utility will not…

The Hill: Ukraine crisis tests the West

Thanks to determined diplomacy by Germany and France, Russia agreed Wednesday to a new cease-fire in Ukraine, to begin Sunday. But German Chancellor Angela Merkel was anything but triumphant, calling the deal a mere "glimmer of hope" for peace. Merkel has good reasons for curbing her enthusiasm. The previous cease-fire agreement reached last September didn't…

Wall Street Journal: A Disconnect on Municipal Broadband

Should city governments get into the Internet service business, competing with the likes of Verizon, AT&T and Comcast for the right to pipe the Web into your living room or office? President Obama thinks so. He visited Cedar Falls, Iowa, on Jan. 14 to laud the city’s publicly owned utility, which offers residents fiber-optic Internet.…

Forbes: The Truth Behind The FCC’s “Fact Sheet”

Earlier this week, the FCC gave us a sneak preview of what’s in store for its upcoming order on net neutrality. The ironically named “Fact Sheet” is anything but—it is filled with half-truths and internal contradictions. At the urging of protestors and “public-interest” groups, the FCC has arrived at a fairly radical prescription—regulating Internet service providers (“ISPs”)…

CNN: The problem with Obama’s budget

The $4 trillion budget President Barack Obama sent Congress on Monday is his blueprint for reviving "middle class opportunity." Liberals are thrilled by the redistributive thrust of the president's budget -- it would hit affluent Americans with a battery of new tax hikes, totaling $2 trillion over the next decade, and use the proceeds to…

The Hill: The Keystone distraction

The Senate will vote soon on what the GOP has made their top legislative priority: expedited approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. Given the realities of today’s crude oil market, the political wrangling over Keystone has a decidedly retro feel. The United States has experienced an energy revolution since the Keystone XL pipeline was first proposed seven years ago. Most…

Press Release: Osborne to Lead PPI Project on Reinventing America’s Schools

For Immediate Release January 21, 2015 OSBORNE TO LEAD PPI PROJECT ON REINVENTING AMERICA’S SCHOOLS WASHINGTON, D.C.—David Osborne, co-author of Reinventing Government and other highly regarded books on public sector reform, will direct a new Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) Project on Reinventing America’s Schools. The project will examine K-12 innovation, with a special focus on…

Washington Post: To improve schools, let teachers run them

Walk through a typical public school, and you see students, sitting in rows of identical desks, listening to teachers talk. Unless the teacher is particularly inspiring, half of the students are zoning out. This isn’t just a problem for teachers, half of whom leave the profession within their first five years. It’s also a problem…

The Hill: For free community college, completion is key

President Obama's proposal for free community college is an ambitious effort to address critical gaps in America’s post-secondary education and career training systems. However, it may fall flat before it even gets off the ground, and that's not just because of its high price tag. It's because community college success depends not on how many…

Politico: Barack Obama nears limit of executive powers

PPI President Will Marshall was quoted by David Nather in Politico on President Obama's upcoming State of the Union speech: Will Marshall, president of the Progressive Policy Institute, said Obama can still “set the terms of the debate” through executive orders, but what’s at stake is broader than a few executive actions: “Nothing is more…

The Hill: It’s time for Congress to end the net neutrality wars

At the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas last week, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler announced his intention to reclassify Internet service as a public utility in order to achieve President Obama's laudable goal of a free and open Internet. Because this outdated "solution" has tied the FCC in knots for years, and…

PRESS RELEASE: PPI Statement On New York State Fracking Ban

WASHINGTON—Derrick Freeman, Director of the Energy Innovation Project at the Progressive Policy Institute, today released the following statement after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that his administration would ban hydraulic fracturing in New York State: “For the past five years, the shale boom has provided the United States with a vibrant new source…

Wall Street Journal: A Rare Bipartisan Success for Congress

PPI President Will Marshall was quoted in Wall Street Journal piece regarding the rare showing of bipartisanship by Congress in passing the recent spending bill and whether or not the public should expect more of that moving forward. “Most Republicans agreed…that this wasn’t the right time for them to flex their new political muscles—that will…

USA Today: Old rules make Internet more expensive

If the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) votes to "reclassify" the Internet as a public utility, U.S. consumers will have to dig deeper into their pockets to pay for access to the Internet. How deep? By our estimates, broadband subscribers would have to pay about $70 annually in additional state and local fees. When you add…

CNN: We’re all culpable over CIA torture

While studiously avoiding the word "torture," CIA Director John Brennan told reporters on Thursday that the aggressive interrogation program yielded information that helped the agency find Osama bin Laden. He also called the Senate Intelligence Committee's damning report on CIA abuses "flawed" by partisanship, as well as "exaggerations and misrepresentations." Brennan's comments are certain to…

LA Times: Professor floats idea of three-year B.A. to cut college costs

A report by PPI Senior Fellow Paul Weinstein, Give Our Kids a Break: How Three-Year Degrees Can Cut the Cost of College, is the subject of an LA Times article today. In his paper, Weinstein found that a four-year degree at a public school costs, on average, $35,572 in 2013. A three-year degree at a…

The Hill: Shooting yourself in the foot

What’s gotten into our European friends? Beset by slow growth, tensions over immigration and a rising fever of anti-Euro populism, some leaders are trying to deflect public discontent onto U.S. companies—a move that may turn out to backfire economically The latest example comes from UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne. He recently floated a…

WSJ: Obama’s New Web Tax

The Wall Street Journal editorialized PPI's recent policy brief by Hal Singer and Bob Litan, Outdated Regulations Will Make Consumers Pay More for Broadband. Now the Progressive Policy Institute reports that state and local regulators would join with the feds in gouging Internet consumers. That’s because states and localities have their own levies that would…

Seattle Times: Broadband taxes coming with Net neutrality reclassification?

PPI Senior Fellow Hal Singer and Robert Litan's new report, "Outdated Regulations Will Make Consumers Pay More for Broadband," was cited by the Seattle Times in an article discussing new taxes that could accompany Title II reclassification of broadband. But one thing’s clear, according to the PPI report: Treating broadband as a regulated utility would lead to all…

Bloomberg: Cable Group to FCC: Reclassification of Broadband Could Mean Higher ISP Taxes

The new PPI report "Outdated Regulations Will Make Consumers Pay More for Broadband" was referenced by Bloomberg in an article on a cable industry group's warning against reclassification of broadband. The letter comes just days after a Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) report was released, which estimated a possible $17 billion hike in new broadband user…

Washington Examiner: Regulating the Internet as a utility would cost households billions

The Washington Examiner profiled a new report by PPI Senior Fellow Hal Singer and Robert Litan, opposing President Obama's stance on net neutrality. "Outdated Regulations Will Make Consumers Pay More for Broadband" warns against reclassification of broadband as a Title II service. Litan and Singer looked at the average prices for broadband access and mobile…

The Daily Caller: Who Pays For Net Neutrality?

A new report by PPI Senior Fellow Hal Singer and Brookings Nonresident Senior Fellow Robert Litan, Outdated Regulations Will Make Consumers Pay More for Broadband, was covered in a story by The Daily Caller: "Outdated Regulations will Make Consumers Pay More for Broadband" — a recent study by Robert Litan and Hal Singer of the…

The Washington Post: Strong net neutrality rules could cost you $84 a year or more in new fees

A new report by PPI Senior Fellow Hal Singer and Brookings Nonresident Senior Fellow Robert Litan, Outdated Regulations Will Make Consumers Pay More for Broadband, was covered in a story by The Washington Post: In a paper published by the Progressive Policy Institute, Singer and Litan argue that these and other charges stemming from various…

Multichannel News: Consumer Bills Could Soar Under Title II

A new report by PPI Senior Fellow Hal Singer and Brookings Nonresident Senior Fellow Robert Litan, Outdated Regulations Will Make Consumers Pay More for Broadband, was covered in a story by Multichannel News: Consumers' broadband bills could go up close to $90 a year if the FCC reclassifies Internet access service under Title II common…

Politico: STUDY SAYS TITLE II WILL COST BILLIONS IN NEW STATE AND LOCAL FEES

A new report by PPI Senior Fellow Hal Singer and Brookings Nonresident Senior Fellow Robert Litan, Outdated Regulations Will Make Consumers Pay More for Broadband, was covered in a story by Politico: Tech companies, public interest advocates and now even President Barack Obama have made the push for reclassifying Internet services as a way to…

The Hill: $17B tax hike from Obama Web rules

A new report by PPI Senior Fellow Hal Singer and Brookings Nonresident Senior Fellow Robert Litan, Outdated Regulations Will Make Consumers Pay More for Broadband, was covered in a story by The Hill: If Obama's plan is put into place, “U.S. consumers will have to dig deeper into their pockets to pay for both residential…

Europe should focus on spurring European tech growth

The European Parliament is expected to vote on Thursday on whether Google should be required to spin off its search engine. But that vote — and any subsequent legal action by the European Commission against Google — misses the real questions: Why isn't Europe able to produce the sort of leading-edge tech companies which seem…

Holding out hope on Iran

Not much has gone right in the Middle East during President Obama's second term. The White House has been hoping that a nuclear deal with Iran would yield the foreign policy success Washington badly needs after a string of reverses across the region. But after a weekend of last-ditch diplomacy in Vienna, the deadline for…

The Hill: Title II is wrong way to keep an open Internet

The Progressive Policy Institute was cited in an article in The Hill advising against President Obama's recent endorsement of Title II reclassification in the net neutrality debate. According to the Progressive Policy Institute, broadband providers spent “roughly $46 billion in broadband investment in 2013.” To continue promoting this type of private sector investment we must…

Huffington Post: Entrepeneurs: Engines of our Economic Growth

In a piece penned for the Huffington Post by U.S. Representatives Scott Peters (D-Calif. 52), Ron Kind (D-Wis. 3), and Patrick E. Murphy (D-Fla. 18) on the importance of encouraging entrepreneurship, a study by the Progressive Policy Institute was cited as evidence of current regulatory obstructions. The Federal Code of Regulations numbers nearly 170,000 pages,…

Outdated cable box rule harms the data-driven economy

Innovating in the digital age requires flexible rules that keep pace with the latest technology. This is especially true in the video services market, where change has been fast and furious. That's why Congress should act to repeal an expensive and innovation-restricting requirement on the design of set-top cable boxes — without limiting the choice…

The Washington Post: Obama’s plan to regulate the Internet would do more harm than good

President Obama’s call this week to regulate the Internet as a public utility is like pushing to replace the engine of a car that runs perfectly well. The U.S. data sector — including wired and wireless broadband — is the envy of the world, administering a powerful boost to consumer welfare, generating high-paying jobs and…

CNBC: More Internet regulation good for consumer?

PPI Chief Economic Strategist Michael Mandel appeared on CNBC's "Closing Bell" Tuesday to argue that Title II regulation of broadband internet by the FCC would squash innovation and slow the current boom in the tech and info sector. Watch the full segment at CNBC.com.

NYT: Net Neutrality Debate: Internet Access and Costs Are Top Issues

A policy report by PPI Senior Fellow Hal Singer and Brookings Non-resident Fellow Bob Litan was cited in a New York Times article suggesting that the regulation of broadband Internet with restraint can be achieved through lighter means that does not put at risk other crucial objectives — like broadening access to the Internet and…

AP: Obama Steps Into Divisive Debate on Net Neutrality

The Associated Press cited a policy report authored by PPI Chief Economic Strategist Michael Mandel and PPI Economist Diana Carew, "U.S. Investment Heroes of 2014: Investing at Home in a Connected World" as part of an article arguing against regulating Internet Service Providers (ISPs) as utilities. Last year, AT&T, Verizon, Comcast and Time Warner Cable…

NYT: Obama’s Call for Net Neutrality Sets Up Fight Over Rules

PPI Chief Economic Strategist was interviewed by the New York Times in a story detailing President Obama's recent endorsement of Title II regulation of broadband Internet and the implications of that endorsement. But critics of the proposal say regulating Internet service like a utility, without subjecting it to the same aggressive oversight of industries like…

PPI Statement on President Obama’s Endorsement of Title II Regulation

PPI President Will Marshall released the following statement today after President Obama's announcement urging the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) to regulate broadband Internet as a public utility under its Title II authority: “'I hear you,' President Obama assured voters in his post-midterm press conference last week. But his endorsement today of subjecting the Internet to…

How Democrats Can Recover

Electoral defeats are painful, but clarifying. As Democrats survey the damage left by a larger-than-expected Republican wave, it’s possible to discern four signposts on the road to a progressive recovery. First, the party needs to start working on a post-Obama agenda. Anti-Obama sentiment engulfed Democratic candidates everywhere, dragging red-state senators underwater and nearly drowning seemingly…

Fox Business: Voters sending a message putting GOP in the Senate?

Michael Mandel, PPI's chief economist strategist, appeared Friday on Fox Business to discuss his analysis of how the economy influenced the midterm elections. Watch the video at Fox Business.

Wall Street Journal: Sullen Voters Set to Deliver Another Demand for Change

PPI President Will Marshall was quoted in a Wall Street Journal article on public dissatisfaction facing both parties, examining how the trend of "change elections" reflects growing discontent among American voters. Will Marshall, president of the Progressive Policy Institute, a centrist Democratic research group, predicts that public frustration with politics will only intensify after the…

The Hill: Midterms confirm political stalemate

Although Republicans won a more sweeping victory than expected in yesterday's midterm elections, the results tell us surprisingly little about what Americans expect of their political leaders. Instead, the outcome confirms a new pattern of alternating partisan victories every two years, as Republicans dominate midterm elections and Democrats marshal superior electoral strength in presidential elections.…

The FCC Chairman Steps Into The Abyss

Last Friday, Gautham Nagesh reported that the FCC  was inching closer to adopting a proposal put forward by Mozilla as its solution to the net neutrality problem. Under this “hybrid” approach, the FCC would reclassify the portion of a broadband provider’s network that interfaces with edge providers as a Title II service, while regulating the…

RealClearEducation: Cut College Costs: Make 3-Year Degrees the Norm

In an op-ed for RealClearEducation, PPI Senior Fellow Paul Weinstein argues that three-year college degree programs can slash the cost of gaining an undergraduate degree by 25 percent, unlike most higher-education reform ideas that simply expand financial aid and allow colleges to continue to raise prices at will. “As I recently wrote in a report…

Press Release: PPI Releases Policy Memo Revealing FDA Regulations Struggling to Keep Up With the Digital Age

WASHINGTON—The amount of regulation on the pharmaceutical industry has increased 40 percent since 2000, according to a policy memo releas