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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…

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…

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…

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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

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…

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…

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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…

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…