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The Progressive Way to Slash Child Poverty

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

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

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

‘Targeted’ Relief Need Not Be Stingy When Stimulus Is Needed

After several months of gridlock, lawmakers offered two competing frameworks yesterday for giving the American people another round of much-needed economic relief from the covid pandemic. The first is a $908 billion compromise with support from 16 members of both parties in the U.S. House and Senate, while the second is a $553 billion partisan proposal from…

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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

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…

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…

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Work from Home Opens Opportunity to Reexamine Federal Workforce Distribution

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

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…

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…