Publications

Publications

Reinventing the New Orleans Public Education System

If we were creating a public education system from scratch, would we organize it as most of our public systems are now organized? Would our classrooms look just as they did before the advent of personal computers and the internet? Would we give teachers lifetime jobs after their second or third years? Would we let…

Getting Back to Basics on Health Care

You can say one thing with certainty about health-care politics and the 2020 election: President Trump and Republicans still want to take away people’s health insurance. If they get their way, millions of Americans would lose coverage under the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid, and many more would be stuck with skimpier health insurance. That’s…

Helping Older Americans: The Role of Point-of-Sale Rebates

This paper discusses possible solutions to the problem of excess out-of-pocket drug costs. We argue that allowing consumers to receive drug rebates directly at the "point-of-sale," rather than indirectly and opaquely through insurers and pharmacy benefit managers, will help make the healthcare system simpler and fairer. Like clockwork, Congress holds hearings featuring Americans, both young…

Winning Where it Matters: A Survey of Three Battleground States

  In the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton by nearly three million votes. He won in the Electoral College by flipping states Barack Obama carried in 2012: Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Iowa, Pennsylvania and Florida. But while Florida and Ohio are bellwether states that swing back and forth, the…

Low-Income Borrowers and the Auto Loan Market

Executive Summary Some are concerned that subprime auto loans – which offer higher interest loans to riskier borrowers – pose a threat to the stability of the global economy in much the same way that the subprime mortgage market contributed to the Great Recession. Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren, in particular, has raised the warning…

How The Democratic Presidential Candidates Would Fund America’s Future

As Democrats begin selecting their party’s nominee for president with the Iowa caucuses next week, voters deserve to know what policies each candidate prioritizes and how they would finance their agendas. PPI’s Center for Funding America’s Future has compiled a comprehensive review of tax and spending proposals offered by four leading presidential candidates to help…

The Slowdown in American Entrepreneurship: How Would a Democratic President Respond – And What Should Be Done?

In the November debate among Democratic presidential candidates, Sen. Cory Booker said the following: We Democrats also have to talk about how to grow wealth, as well. … [W]e as Democrats have got to start talking not just about how we tax from a stage, but how we growth wealth in this country amongst those…

PPI Metro Playbook – Columbia, SC

Over the final three decades of the 20th century, one of the defining features of American life was the abandonment and deterioration of historic urban centers. In cities large and small, from coast to coast, residents and dollars followed the interstate highways out of the old commercial downtowns and out to the suburbs. Columbia, S.C.,…

Boosting the Economic Prospects of Working Families Without Bankrupting America

Americans are drowning in debt, both privately and collectively. Last summer, the national debt topped $22 trillion. On the private side, total U.S. household debt hit $13.6 trillion in 2019 – driven by higher student loan, credit card, mortgage, and auto loan debt.  [gview file="https://www.progressivepolicy.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/PPI_How-to-Help-Working-Families_V4.pdf" title="PPI_How to Help Working Families_V4"]

The Progressive Roots of Charter Schools

Improving public education has long been a cornerstone of the Democratic platform. Because progressives understand that access to a quality education is the gateway to a better life, our decades-long struggle to promote equal rights and opportunity for all Americans has been deeply tied to our struggle to create an effective public school system. In…