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Hunger in America: A Comprehensive Federal Response

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY This policy brief highlights recent developments in the federal response to the hunger crisis resulting from the Covid pandemic and recession. It discusses the valuable policies contained in President Biden’s recent executive orders and the proposed American Rescue Plan legislation, and also identifies additional policies to address hunger, including reducing concentration in the…

Memo to President Biden: The Progressive Way to Ease Student Debt Burdens

Note: In this brief, I use the term education debt, rather than student debt, since most affected borrowers are no longer students, and this category of debt affects a wide swath of society, not just students.           After his inauguration on January 20, one of President Joe Biden’s first official acts was signing an executive order…

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…

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 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…

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…

Create Two Million New Businesses

Millions of America’s smallest businesses have been severely affected by the COVID-19 crisis. They’ve seen revenue evaporate and have been forced to lay off millions of workers. Over two million small businesses had simply disappeared by June 2020. The U.S. economy now finds itself in a deep hole, with millions of small businesses gone for…

Building American Resilience: A Roadmap for Recovery After COVID-19

For Americans and much of the world, 2020 has been an annus horribilis. Following its outbreak in China late last year, the coronavirus has spread quickly across the main international travel and trade routes. To contain the pandemic, nations have been forced to order mass quarantines, freezing economic activity and social life. It likely will…