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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…

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…

PPI in the News

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…

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…

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…

Press Releases

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…

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…

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…