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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…

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.…

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…

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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"…

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…

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…

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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…

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…

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,…