Publications

Publications

Connecting America: A Radically Pragmatic Broadband Agenda for Joe Biden’s First 100 Days

President-Elect Biden ran on a commitment to be a President for all Americans, not just those who voted for him. To make good on that promise, he and his team will need to find opportunities for common ground and constructive compromise as they build their agenda for the first 100 days. One issue they would…

Why A Digital Advertising Services Tax Will Undercut the Small Business Recovery: The Maryland Case

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY As of November 2020, employment in Maryland was down more than 4 percent compared to a year earlier. Small businesses are suffering. Nevertheless, the state's revenues for the 2021 fiscal year are coming in better than expected in spring 2020, buoyed by federal stimulus and continued employment of white collar workers. Under the…

Analysis of Election Results in Pennsylvania

In gas-producing counties in Pennsylvania, Joe Biden gained enough votes over Hillary Clinton alone to wrest the state from Donald Trump. He improved on Clinton’s margin in these counties by three points (Biden -15 / Clinton -18), counties that represent 40% of the state. In our pre-election polling in these Pennsylvania extraction counties, even as…

Wind, Solar, and Gas: Managing the Risks of America’s Clean Energy Transition

Executive Summary President-elect Joe Biden has set an ambitious goal for achieving zero carbon emissions from the nation’s power sector by 2035. The U.S. electric grid therefore faces a dual challenge: meeting growing demand for power while also decarbonizing the energy it supplies, which is essential to avert catastrophic climate change. At the same time,…

New Jobs with a Future: Six Ideas for Harnessing Technology to Create Good Work for Americans

The Covid Recession has accentuated labor market inequality, with some professions and occupations doing as well or better than before the pandemic hit. Employment in business and financial jobs, for example, is up 7 percent in the third quarter of 2020 compared to a year ago. Transportation and material moving jobs are up as well, aided by gains in ecommerce. Meanwhile personal care and service jobs are…

The Political Economy of the Beer Excise Tax

The presidential election is over, but for progressives, the process of winning back the working class has just begun. In this note we’re going to focus on beer. Why beer? First, brewery employment is one of the great success stories in manufacturing in recent years. The number of jobs in the brewery industry increased a stunning…

Improving Oral Health Across America

Millions of Americans suffer from poor oral health with decaying teeth, gum disease and chronic tooth pain. Poor oral health can limit a person’s employment opportunities, increase the risk of certain cancers, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease, premature births and lead to unnecessary emergency department (ED) visits. Poor oral health can be a result of limited…

The Low-Income Tax Trap and COVID: The Real Societal Cost of Having the IRS Do Too Much

The working poor are burdened with some of the most complex tax returns in the country as they annually claim Earned Income Tax and Child Tax refundable credits.  In the coming months, low- and middle-income Americans who received unemployment insurance payments during the Covid-19 pandemic may also face a “tax trap” that unexpectedly reduces their…

The Third Way: A Guide to Implementing Innovation Schools

Across the country, urban school districts are moving beyond industrial-era systems by creating “innovation” or “partnership” schools that have the freedom to reinvent the way they educate students. The Progressive Policy Institute released a how-to guide for legislators, district leaders, and advocates who want to create more of these 21st  century schools: The Third Way:…

The GOP’s Pivot Away From Fiscal Relief Hurts Millions of Americans

At every turn, the Trump administration and Republicans in Congress have bungled the coronavirus pandemic and shortchanged our recovery. For the first month after most programs created by the CARES Act - the last major stimulus bill passed by Congress back in March - expired, the GOP wasted valuable time on half-measures that could not…