Publications

Publications

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…

What It Takes: Modernizing Government IT to Meet 21st Century Challenges

The Covid-19 crisis has put a spotlight on how archaic government systems are failing to keep up with the times and handle an unexpected surge of applications for public assistance programs. Cybersecurity threats have demonstrated vulnerability in aging government IT systems. New missions and requirements for government technology capability have shown the limitations of 20th…

Interactive Calculator: How Much Federal Support Do State and Local Governments Need?

Social distancing is essential to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus, but it also reduces opportunities for millions of Americans to earn a wage or buy goods and services from others. As a result, state and local income and sales taxes that fund education, public safety, and other essential services are drying up. Meanwhile,…

The Third Wave: How 5G Will Drive Job Growth Over the Next Fifteen Years

5G, because of its low latency and high throughput, won’t just be an evolution in technology, but a revolution. It will open the door to incredible innovation in both the private sector and the government – including augmented and virtual reality, precision agriculture, smart ports, transportation and logistics, autonomous vehicles, connected construction and so much…

Viewpoint: Antitrust Measures Must Leave Room for Innovators

As U.S. Attorney General William Barr is reportedly rushing to file an antitrust lawsuit against Google, an action that has all the markings of a political vendetta, progressives in the New York state Senate are launching their own campaign against Big Tech. The Senate Consumer Protection Committee will hold a hearing on Monday to consider…

America’s Remote Learning Imperative

The coronavirus pandemic is an historic test of the resilience of one of America’s most precious public assets: our public schools. So far, it’s a test we are failing. Tens of millions of children have fallen far behind in their studies. These learning losses will cascade as health fears keep most schools closed this fall…

The Promise of Telehealth Beyond the Emergency

In the past few months, millions of Americans have experienced a first, tantalizing glimpse of the promise of telehealth.1 The use of telehealth – the remote delivery of care and monitoring of patients’ health using digital telecommunications tools – has surged during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, as policymakers and insurers across the country have eased…

Make America #1 in Electric Vehicles

Achieving U.S. climate resilience requires a dynamic and unprecedented American clean energy transition, including large investments in zero-emissions infrastructure and clean energy manufacturing -- the fastest growing global manufacturing sector set to attract $10 trillion in investment by 2050. A new report from the Progressive Policy Institute finds the U.S. has the opportunity to build…