Progressive Policy Institute

Progressive Policy Institute The Progressive Policy Institute is an independent, innovative and high-impact D.C.-based think tank founded in 1989. The Progressive Policy Institute is a catalyst for policy innovation and political reform based in Washington, D.C.
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Its mission is to create radically pragmatic ideas for moving America beyond ideological and partisan deadlock. Founded in 1989, PPI started as the intellectual home of the New Democrats and earned a reputation as President Bill Clinton’s “idea mill.” Many of its mold-breaking ideas have been translated into public policy and law and have influenced international efforts to modernize progressive p

Its mission is to create radically pragmatic ideas for moving America beyond ideological and partisan deadlock. Founded in 1989, PPI started as the intellectual home of the New Democrats and earned a reputation as President Bill Clinton’s “idea mill.” Many of its mold-breaking ideas have been translated into public policy and law and have influenced international efforts to modernize progressive p

PPI’s latest report concludes that excessive antitrust focus on blocking vertical integration in the biosciences could i...
07/03/2021
Biotech Innovation: Two Important Questions - Progressive Policy Institute

PPI’s latest report concludes that excessive antitrust focus on blocking vertical integration in the biosciences could impede the development of important new products and treatments and slow innovation.

INTRODUCTION It’s rare when a single acquisition can offer insight into two different important questions in innovation. But the proposed purchase of cancer-diagnostic developer Grail — a startup with tremendous potential — by gene-sequencing leader Illumina is just that pivotal. First, is it ...

As Congress and the White House continue negotiations on the #AmericanFamiliesPlan, PPI’s policy experts released a new ...
07/02/2021
Reimagining SNAP After the Pandemic - Progressive Policy Institute

As Congress and the White House continue negotiations on the #AmericanFamiliesPlan, PPI’s policy experts released a new report outlining new ways that policymakers and the USDA should #ModernizeSNAP to make the program resilient in a future crisis.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:   The coming months present the Biden administration with an opportunity to rethink the structure and role of SNAP, our country’s largest anti-hunger program, to better address food insecurity in the United States. During the pandemic, policymakers eased rules around eligibilit...

llumina’s proposed purchase of cancer-diagnostic developer Grail could accelerate biotech innovation.But the merger is r...
07/02/2021
Biotech Innovation: Two Important Questions - Progressive Policy Institute

llumina’s proposed purchase of cancer-diagnostic developer Grail could accelerate biotech innovation.

But the merger is raising questions about the FTC’s strategy for innovation.
https://www.progressivepolicy.org/publication/biotech-innovation-two-important-questions/

INTRODUCTION It’s rare when a single acquisition can offer insight into two different important questions in innovation. But the proposed purchase of cancer-diagnostic developer Grail — a startup with tremendous potential — by gene-sequencing leader Illumina is just that pivotal. First, is it ...

What do young people need to be ready?This is the broad question that Stephanie Malia Krauss found herself asking after ...
07/02/2021
‎Radically Pragmatic, a podcast from the Progressive Policy Institute: Ensuring Success: What Young People Need to Succeed, an Interview with Veronica Goodman and Educator Stephanie Malia Krauss on Apple Podcasts

What do young people need to be ready?

This is the broad question that Stephanie Malia Krauss found herself asking after seeing how deeply affected her students were by various social and economic conditions of life.

Listen to the full episode ⏬

‎Show Radically Pragmatic, a podcast from the Progressive Policy Institute, Ep Ensuring Success: What Young People Need to Succeed, an Interview with Veronica Goodman and Educator Stephanie Malia Krauss - Jun 30, 2021

“The pandemic served as a metaphorical earthquake that stress-tested many of our social safety net programs...SNAP is an...
07/01/2021
Reimagining SNAP After the Pandemic - Progressive Policy Institute

“The pandemic served as a metaphorical earthquake that stress-tested many of our social safety net programs...SNAP is an essential program that needs to be made more resilient against future public emergencies.”

— Veronica Goodman & Kaitlin Edwards in a new PPI paper

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:   The coming months present the Biden administration with an opportunity to rethink the structure and role of SNAP, our country’s largest anti-hunger program, to better address food insecurity in the United States. During the pandemic, policymakers eased rules around eligibilit...

🧠 Competencies🤝 Connections🎓 Credentials💵 CashThese are the four currencies that today’s kids need to make it in tomorro...
07/01/2021
‎Radically Pragmatic, a podcast from the Progressive Policy Institute: Ensuring Success: What Young People Need to Succeed, an Interview with Veronica Goodman and Educator Stephanie Malia Krauss on Apple Podcasts

🧠 Competencies
🤝 Connections
🎓 Credentials
💵 Cash

These are the four currencies that today’s kids need to make it in tomorrow’s world, according to Stephanie Malia Krauss

🎧 Listen to her full interview on a new episode of #RadicallyPragmatic 👇

‎Show Radically Pragmatic, a podcast from the Progressive Policy Institute, Ep Ensuring Success: What Young People Need to Succeed, an Interview with Veronica Goodman and Educator Stephanie Malia Krauss - Jun 30, 2021

07/01/2021
Michael Mandel Explains PPI's Investment Heroes Report

In a recent interview, Chief Economic Strategist Michael Mandel explains why the tech-ecommerce sector has been the main source of job growth in the economy, as well as other findings in PPI’s annual #InvestmentHeroes report.

YOU’RE INVITED!WHAT: A Transatlantic Response to the China ChallengeWHEN: Tuesday, July 15 at 10am EST/4pm CETWHO: Congr...
07/01/2021

YOU’RE INVITED!

WHAT: A Transatlantic Response to the China Challenge
WHEN: Tuesday, July 15 at 10am EST/4pm CET
WHO: Congressman Gerry Connolly, Congressman Ami Bera, Reinhard Bütikofer

📝 REGISTER TODAY: https://bit.ly/3649XFd

YOU’RE INVITED!

WHAT: A Transatlantic Response to the China Challenge
WHEN: Tuesday, July 15 at 10am EST/4pm CET
WHO: Congressman Gerry Connolly, Congressman Ami Bera, Reinhard Bütikofer

📝 REGISTER TODAY: https://bit.ly/3649XFd

1️⃣ Is it pro-innovation for European antitrust regulators to block a deal between US companies that do no substantial b...
07/01/2021
Biotech Innovation: Two Important Questions - Progressive Policy Institute

1️⃣ Is it pro-innovation for European antitrust regulators to block a deal between US companies that do no substantial business in Europe?
2️⃣ Under what conditions is vertical integration socially beneficial?

A new PPI report examines 2 key questions👇

INTRODUCTION It’s rare when a single acquisition can offer insight into two different important questions in innovation. But the proposed purchase of cancer-diagnostic developer Grail — a startup with tremendous potential — by gene-sequencing leader Illumina is just that pivotal. First, is it ...

America’s policy framework for manufacturing needs more explicit emphasis on digitization of physical production, which ...
07/01/2021
Constructing an Effective Manufacturing Policy - Progressive Policy Institute

America’s policy framework for manufacturing needs more explicit emphasis on digitization of physical production, which is the only way that American manufacturers can compete over the long run and create new jobs.

In a new blog, Michael Mandel explains ⤵

President Biden’s American Jobs Plan proposed to spend $300 billion on rebuilding America’s manufacturing sector. The funds would be distributed through a variety of channels, including $50 billion in semiconductor manufacturing and research, $50 billion for a new office to fund investments to s...

For millions of families during the pandemic, SNAP was the only way to put food on the table.As America continues to rec...
07/01/2021

For millions of families during the pandemic, SNAP was the only way to put food on the table.

As America continues to recover, Veronica Goodman and Kaitlin Edwards lay out 6 suggested improvements to the program so no child or adult has to go hungry ➡ https://bit.ly/3AbvFor

For millions of families during the pandemic, SNAP was the only way to put food on the table.

As America continues to recover, Veronica Goodman and Kaitlin Edwards lay out 6 suggested improvements to the program so no child or adult has to go hungry ➡ https://bit.ly/3AbvFor

There's little evidence that vertical acquisitions are anti-competitive. So why is the FTC intervening in a potentially ...
07/01/2021
Biotech Innovation: Two Important Questions - Progressive Policy Institute

There's little evidence that vertical acquisitions are anti-competitive. So why is the FTC intervening in a potentially pivotal merger for biotech innovation?

PPI’s Michael Mandel and Alec Stapp dive in ⬇

INTRODUCTION It’s rare when a single acquisition can offer insight into two different important questions in innovation. But the proposed purchase of cancer-diagnostic developer Grail — a startup with tremendous potential — by gene-sequencing leader Illumina is just that pivotal. First, is it ...

“Jump-starting private investment & consumer demand through huge tax incentives for clean energy technologies remains th...
06/30/2021
Biden plans push to enact clean electricity standard

“Jump-starting private investment & consumer demand through huge tax incentives for clean energy technologies remains the must-pass centerpiece of the president’s climate program, which [Dems] will pursue through a reconciliation bill,” says PPI's Paul Bledsoe.

White House aims to use budget reconciliation process to pass climate measures left out of infrastructure bill

06/30/2021

🚨 NEW: PPI Report Finds Overregulation of Biotech by the FTC and European Regulators Could Slow Biotech Innovation

Learn more 🧬 ➡ https://bit.ly/3hoAIcy

“The pandemic served as a metaphorical earthquake that stress-tested many of our social safety net programs...SNAP is an...
06/30/2021
Reimagining SNAP After the Pandemic - Progressive Policy Institute

“The pandemic served as a metaphorical earthquake that stress-tested many of our social safety net programs...SNAP is an essential program that needs to be made more resilient against future public emergencies.”

— Veronica Goodman & Kaitlin Edwards in a PPI's new report 👇

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:   The coming months present the Biden administration with an opportunity to rethink the structure and role of SNAP, our country’s largest anti-hunger program, to better address food insecurity in the United States. During the pandemic, policymakers eased rules around eligibilit...

06/30/2021
Michael Mandel Explains Capital Investment

“These days you cannot have a good, high-paying job without a lot of capital investment.”

Michael Mandel, author of PPI’s annual #InvestmentHeros report, explains the importance of capital investment on overall job creation.

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06/30/2021

As the COVID-19 pandemic ravaged the American economy, a grim and all-too-common image emerged: the miles-long lines outside of food banks.

Now, with families getting back on their feet, it’s time we #ModernizeSNAP for after the COVID pandemic 👉 https://bit.ly/3AifSV8

"Neither Democrats nor Republicans got everything they wanted in this agreement. But that’s what it means to compromise ...
06/29/2021
Biden: Americans can be proud of the infrastructure deal

"Neither Democrats nor Republicans got everything they wanted in this agreement. But that’s what it means to compromise and reach consensus — the very heart of democracy."
— President Joe Biden

"I have always believed that there is nothing our nation can’t do when we decide to do it together," writes President Biden of the bipartisan agreement to move forward on key portions of his infrastructure plan.

Even before the pandemic, food insecurity was an urgent problem for American working families. In 2019, over almost 14% ...
06/29/2021

Even before the pandemic, food insecurity was an urgent problem for American working families. In 2019, over almost 14% of households with children faced food security problems.

A new paper from Veronica Goodman and Kaitlin Edwards modernizes the SNAP program ➡ https://bit.ly/3AbvFor

Even before the pandemic, food insecurity was an urgent problem for American working families. In 2019, over almost 14% of households with children faced food security problems.

A new paper from Veronica Goodman and Kaitlin Edwards modernizes the SNAP program ➡ https://bit.ly/3AbvFor

Thank you Majority Leader Steny Hoyer for leading a constructive, not destructive discussion around these important bill...
06/29/2021
Tech-Focused Antitrust Bills Need Work, Top House Democrat Says

Thank you Majority Leader Steny Hoyer for leading a constructive, not destructive discussion around these important bills.

The Judiciary Committee’s bipartisan antitrust bills aimed at the biggest U.S. tech companies aren’t ready for a vote in the full House, according to Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, who said Congress’s approach to encourage competition in the tech industry should be “constructive, not destructi...

🚨🚨🚨A new paper from Veronica Goodman and Kaitlin Edwards pushes for the expansion of SNAP and to modernize the program f...
06/29/2021
Reimagining SNAP After the Pandemic - Progressive Policy Institute

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A new paper from Veronica Goodman and Kaitlin Edwards pushes for the expansion of SNAP and to modernize the program for after the pandemic, an opportunity for the Biden administration to reimagine food insecurity in America.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:   The coming months present the Biden administration with an opportunity to rethink the structure and role of SNAP, our country’s largest anti-hunger program, to better address food insecurity in the United States. During the pandemic, policymakers eased rules around eligibilit...

PPI’s podcast #RadicallyPragmatic features interviews with thought leaders, policy experts, & America’s leaders in Congr...
06/28/2021
‎Radically Pragmatic, a podcast from the Progressive Policy Institute: Joint Episode: The Mosaic Economic Project Speaks with Congresswoman Sharice Davids on Apple Podcasts

PPI’s podcast #RadicallyPragmatic features interviews with thought leaders, policy experts, & America’s leaders in Congress.

Last week, Crystal Swann and Francella Ochillo of PPI's Mosaic Economic Project spoke with Representative Sharice Davids to discuss the effects of COVID on minority and women-owned businesses. Listen and subscribe👇

‎Show Radically Pragmatic, a podcast from the Progressive Policy Institute, Ep Joint Episode: The Mosaic Economic Project Speaks with Congresswoman Sharice Davids - Jun 22, 2021

President Joe Biden has proposed paying for his infrastructure package by raising taxes on the ultra-rich, & while the t...
06/28/2021
Taxing just the super-rich won't fund America's future

President Joe Biden has proposed paying for his infrastructure package by raising taxes on the ultra-rich, & while the top 1.5% of taxpayers need to pay their fair share, it’s important we realize funding America’s future is going to take a more pragmatic approach.

Even if lawmakers fund Biden’s plans through higher taxes on corporations and the wealthy, they would need to raise taxes even further to fund the government we already have.

America’s credit reporting system needs fixing. But unfortunately, the leading legislative patch would fail to remedy so...
06/28/2021
Fixing What Ails Credit Reporting - Progressive Policy Institute

America’s credit reporting system needs fixing. But unfortunately, the leading legislative patch would fail to remedy some very serious issues.

More from PPI’s Paul Weinstein ⬇

Are Americans obsessed with their credit score? They have good reason to be worried, as there is much that ails the credit reporting industry.   Information at risk. As the Equifax breach in 2017 highlighted, the industry is vulnerable to cyberattacks that give hackers access to personal data and f...

ICYMI: Representative Sharice Davids joined Crystal Swann and Francella Ochillo of PPI's Mosaic Economic Project for a d...
06/27/2021
‎Radically Pragmatic, a podcast from the Progressive Policy Institute: Joint Episode: The Mosaic Economic Project Speaks with Congresswoman Sharice Davids on Apple Podcasts

ICYMI: Representative Sharice Davids joined Crystal Swann and Francella Ochillo of PPI's Mosaic Economic Project for a discussion about the coronavirus pandemic, and how it has affected minority and women-owned businesses, entrepreneurs, and workers. Listen 🎧 👇

‎Show Radically Pragmatic, a podcast from the Progressive Policy Institute, Ep Joint Episode: The Mosaic Economic Project Speaks with Congresswoman Sharice Davids - Jun 22, 2021

Americans have good reason to be obsessed with their credit score. The credit reporting industry is laced with inefficie...
06/26/2021
Fixing What Ails Credit Reporting - Progressive Policy Institute

Americans have good reason to be obsessed with their credit score. The credit reporting industry is laced with inefficiencies and discriminatory data that targets low-income communities. And it needs to be fixed.

Are Americans obsessed with their credit score? They have good reason to be worried, as there is much that ails the credit reporting industry.   Information at risk. As the Equifax breach in 2017 highlighted, the industry is vulnerable to cyberattacks that give hackers access to personal data and f...

🎧🎧🎧Listen to Representative Sharice Davids chat with Crystal Swann and Francella Ochillo of PPI's Mosaic Economic Projec...
06/25/2021
‎Radically Pragmatic, a podcast from the Progressive Policy Institute: Joint Episode: The Mosaic Economic Project Speaks with Congresswoman Sharice Davids on Apple Podcasts

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Listen to Representative Sharice Davids chat with Crystal Swann and Francella Ochillo of PPI's Mosaic Economic Project about women and minority owned businesses, infrastructure, and even martial arts! Tune in 🔽

‎Show Radically Pragmatic, a podcast from the Progressive Policy Institute, Ep Joint Episode: The Mosaic Economic Project Speaks with Congresswoman Sharice Davids - Jun 22, 2021

06/25/2021
Michael Mandel Talks Capital Spending

“If you try to create jobs without capital spending, it would be as if you were trying to cross the street without shoes. It’s possible, but it’s slow, it’s painful, and not very productive.”

PPI's Chief Economic Strategist Michael Mandel explains the importance of capital spending for overall job growth ⬇

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We seek to advance progressive, market-friendly ideas that promote American innovation, economic growth and wider opportunity. Our work focuses on four main areas: Competitiveness and the “production economy.” We believe in regenerating America’s capacity to produce—ideas and services as well as goods. Our work focuses on removing governmental barriers to innovation, including antitrust, and regulatory reform; tax policy; trade; education and workforce development; infrastructure and telecom. Energy. As supporters of all-of-the-above “energy realism,” we focus on natural gas, nuclear and renewables as keys to greater energy independence and new jobs. Medical innovation. We believe more innovation—not less—is central to raising productivity growth in health care and bringing down costs. We promote FDA regulatory reform and seek to change the debate around innovation’s role in controlling costs. Housing and financial services. We believe in a robust housing market and a healthy balance between government and private capital. Our work focuses on housing and homeownership, Fannie and Freddie reform, financial services regulation and retirement security.

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The Progressive Policy Institute is a catalyst for policy innovation and political reform based in Washington, D.C. Its mission is to create radically pragmatic ideas for moving America beyond ideological and partisan deadlock.

Founded in 1989, PPI started as the intellectual home of the New Democrats and earned a reputation as President Bill Clinton’s “idea mill.” Many of its mold-breaking ideas have been translated into public policy and law and have influenced international efforts to modernize progressive politics.

Today, PPI is developing fresh proposals for stimulating U.S. economic innovation and growth; equipping all Americans with the skills and assets that social mobility in the knowledge economy requires; modernizing an overly bureaucratic and centralized public sector; and, defending liberal democracy in a dangerous world.

To connect ideas and political action, PPI relies on an extensive network of partners. The Institute has close ties to New Democrats in Congress, as well as leading governors and a host of dynamic mayors and metro leaders. It works with groups of rising progressive political leaders and millennial professionals, as well as policymakers, analysts and think tanks in Europe, Asia and Latin America.

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