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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.

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

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NEW: We need to protect children’s data online, but let’s protect everyone’s data while we’re at it"Truly protecting the...
04/08/2022
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NEW: We need to protect children’s data online, but let’s protect everyone’s data while we’re at it

"Truly protecting the rights of children who are not legally able to consent to online services requires a broader privacy framework, based on legislation that covers all Americans. The United States currently lacks such legislation. If we want to protect children’s data, the first step is to establish universal digital privacy practices for everyone — including children — and add additional protection where needed. "

"That 47 Republican Senators voted not to confirm her for no reason other than the most reflexive & dishonest kind of pa...
04/07/2022
Progressive Policy Institute’s Statement on Senate Confirmation of Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court - Progressive Policy Institute

"That 47 Republican Senators voted not to confirm her for no reason other than the most reflexive & dishonest kind of partisanship is all that mars this otherwise happy civic ceremony. We thank President Joe Biden for nominating Justice Jackson and look forward to seeing her on the bench."

Read PPI's full statement on Justice Jackson's historic confirmation:

Today, the Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) released the following statements on the Senate confirmation of Ketanji Brown Jackson as Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court: “The Progressive Policy Institute congratulates Judge Kentanji Brown Jackson for her elevation to the U.S. Su...

🚨 PPI President Will Marshall sounds the alarm new proposed regulations that would harm charter schools across the count...
04/07/2022
Bureaucratic gremlins attack charter schools

🚨 PPI President Will Marshall sounds the alarm new proposed regulations that would harm charter schools across the country.

"As a matter of civil rights and social justice, the Biden administration should stand with low-income and minority parents who are demanding an end to second-class schools for their children. Instead, the Department of Education’s gremlins seem to be working on behalf of the adults employed in local school districts at the expense of children and their parents."
https://thehill.com/opinion/education/3261097-bureaucratic-gremlins-attack-charter-schools/

More than 3.5 million U.S. parents today choose charter schools because they believe they are a better fit for their children.

🆕 A new PPI report urges lawmakers to invest in better pandemic preparedness infrastructure ahead of the next global pan...
04/06/2022
COVID-19 Retrospective: What have we learned and how can we better prepare for future pandemics? - Progressive Policy Institute

🆕 A new PPI report urges lawmakers to invest in better pandemic preparedness infrastructure ahead of the next global pandemic

"Without building resilient infrastructure, nimble manufacturing, & a fast responding government, we risk being prepared for the last pandemic rather than the next one."

Read the report:

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY While the COVID-19 pandemic is not yet in our rear-view mirror, the worst seems to be behind us. It’s not too soon to examine the U.S. policy response to this unprecedented public health emergency — both its successes and failures — so that our country will be better prepared...

Even as prices for traditional goods like energy and autos have skyrocketed, digital economy inflation has remained almo...
04/05/2022
Why Tech & Broadband Prices Have Avoided Surging Inflation

Even as prices for traditional goods like energy and autos have skyrocketed, digital economy inflation has remained almost non-existent.

So why have tech and broadband prices avoided surging inflation?

President Joe Biden rightfully focused the economic portion of his State of the Union address on jobs, inflation, and the need to boost investment at home. He rightfully claimed credit for more than 6

EXCLUSIVE: Politico's Weekly Education Newsletter highlights PPI's new report analyzing a new Education Department rule ...
04/04/2022

EXCLUSIVE: Politico's Weekly Education Newsletter highlights PPI's new report analyzing a new Education Department rule that would make it difficult - if not impossible - for charter schools to qualify for federal start-up grants.

Read the report: https://bit.ly/3LDzYxD

READ: PPI's Response to Biden Administration's DOJ Endorsement of Anti-Tech Antitrust Bills"Given all the real problems ...
03/31/2022
PPI's Response to Biden Administration's DOJ Endorsement of Anti-Tech Antitrust Bills - Progressive Policy Institute

READ: PPI's Response to Biden Administration's DOJ Endorsement of Anti-Tech Antitrust Bills

"Given all the real problems in the economy, PPI believes that it is remarkably counterproductive to go after the companies that are benefiting consumers and workers."

While we're generally big fans of the Biden Administration, Biden’s Department of Justice (DOJ) has made a big misstep by sending a letter endorsing proposed tech antitrust legislation in the House and Senate. Four key reasons: First, these bills are not ready for prime time. They need more intera...

The Progressive Policy Institute applauds President Biden for proposing a budget that calls for $1 trillion of deficit r...
03/28/2022
PPI Statement on President Biden’s FY 2023 Budget Proposal - Progressive Policy Institute

The Progressive Policy Institute applauds President Biden for proposing a budget that calls for $1 trillion of deficit reduction over the next decade.

After a year in which loose fiscal policy contributed to inflation rising to its highest levels in over 40 years, it’s essential that Congress uses its power of the purse to complement the Federal Reserve’s inflation-fighting efforts.

Read our full statement on the FY 2023 budget proposal here:

Ben Ritz, Director of the Progressive Policy Institute’s Center for Funding America’s Future, released the following statement on President Biden’s new budget proposal: “The Progressive Policy Institute applauds President Biden for proposing a budget that calls for $1 trillion of deficit red...

Even if Putin gets all of what he wants, it won’t be enough to compensate for what he has already lost by attacking Ukra...
03/25/2022
How Putin's war weakens Russia

Even if Putin gets all of what he wants, it won’t be enough to compensate for what he has already lost by attacking Ukraine. From a strategic, military and economic standpoint, a weaker and more isolated Russia is bound to emerge from this needless war.

We are witnessing an unprecedented application of Western financial power, with incalculable effects on Russia’s economy.

President Joe Biden has the opportunity to use America’s oil and gas resources today to address geopolitical, economic a...
03/24/2022
War means Biden needs a more muscular energy plan

President Joe Biden has the opportunity to use America’s oil and gas resources today to address geopolitical, economic and climate challenges in a way that galvanizes support from the American people and moderates in Congress.

He must not waste this moment.

Russia’s war on Ukraine demands that the administration reevaluate the geopolitical costs of our current energy policies.

12 years ago today, Congress approved and President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law.PPI's Director of Heal...
03/23/2022
The biggest success of the ACA, Medicaid expansion, is at risk - Progressive Policy Institute

12 years ago today, Congress approved and President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law.

PPI's Director of Health Policy Arielle Kane is out with a new blog highlighting the success of Medicaid — and the risk of losing such historic progress.

Twelve years ago, Congress approved, and President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) into law. And what started as a small program that provided health coverage to people on cash assistance was cemented as the most impactful health insurance program: Medicaid. Medicaid was first approved in...

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is an unequivocally qualified judge who has already been confirmed three times by the Senate...
03/21/2022

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is an unequivocally qualified judge who has already been confirmed three times by the Senate with strong bipartisan support.

PPI encourages Senate Republicans to put aside their typical tribalism and confirm Judge Jackson in a timely manner.

Don’t miss this episode!
03/19/2022

Don’t miss this episode!

🎧 For episode 4 of Progressive Policy Institute's podcast series on the future of education, Curtis Valentine talked to Sarah Johnson of Teaching Lab about how to save teacher professional development https://buff.ly/3MTH6rd

03/17/2022

🎧 Episode 3 of Progressive Policy Institute's podcast series “The Future of Teaching” features Atlanta Superintendent Dr. Lisa Herring in conversation with Curtis Valentine https://buff.ly/3tSQinb

PPI applauds the Senate for the historic confirmation of Shalanda Young as the first Black woman to lead OMB.Her extensi...
03/16/2022
Senate vote makes Shalanda Young first Black woman to lead White House budget office

PPI applauds the Senate for the historic confirmation of Shalanda Young as the first Black woman to lead OMB.

Her extensive experience reaching across the aisle to forge agreements on federal funding makes her an exceptionally qualified nominee.

President Joe Biden nominated Young last year to direct the Office of Management and Budget.

‎Radically Pragmatic, a podcast from the Progressive Policy Institute: THE FUTURE OF TEACHING: Reshaping School Leadersh...
03/15/2022
‎Radically Pragmatic, a podcast from the Progressive Policy Institute: THE FUTURE OF TEACHING: Reshaping School Leadership for the Future, Part 1 on Apple Podcasts

‎Radically Pragmatic, a podcast from the Progressive Policy Institute: THE FUTURE OF TEACHING: Reshaping School Leadership for the Future, Part 1 on Apple Podcasts

‎Show Radically Pragmatic, a podcast from the Progressive Policy Institute, Ep THE FUTURE OF TEACHING: Reshaping School Leadership for the Future, Part 1 - Mar 10, 2022

The Future of Teaching: How Can We Save Teacher Professional Development?In partnership with The 74, Co-Director of PPI'...
03/14/2022

The Future of Teaching: How Can We Save Teacher Professional Development?

In partnership with The 74, Co-Director of PPI's Reinventing America's Schools Project Curtis Valentine sat down with Sarah Johnson of Teaching Lab to discuss the future of learning & what changes to the educational landscape can be expected over the next year.

Tune in: https://apple.co/36kA5ic

03/12/2022

The 74 is partnering with the Progressive Policy Institute's Reinventing Schools Project for a podcast series titled "The Future of Teaching."

Recorded at #SXSWEdu, Curtis Valentine talks with teachers and advocates about preparing for what's next in education.

Episode 1 with Tequilla Brownie of TNTP is live. Listen now: http://apple.co/3hTUTzP

How can school leadership prepare for the future of teaching?PPI’s Curtis Valentine sits down with the Superintendent of...
03/11/2022

How can school leadership prepare for the future of teaching?

PPI’s Curtis Valentine sits down with the Superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools, Dr. Lisa Herring, to discuss in the latest episode of our special #SXSWEDU podcast series with The 74!

Listen: https://spoti.fi/3tN2Zjb

Democrats are wondering how they could possibly be losing to a defiantly delusional GOP in party preference matchups. On...
03/10/2022
Reality therapy for Democrats

Democrats are wondering how they could possibly be losing to a defiantly delusional GOP in party preference matchups.

One answer is that midterm elections are always tough on the party in power. Another is that Democrats have been falling into rabbit holes too.

Read PPI President Will Marshall's latest in The Hill:

Rather than currying favor with progressive activists, Democrats should sharpen their appeal to the persuadable voters in the battleground states.

The Biden administration’s ban on Russian oil, coal, and gas is a large though not total trade sanction, cutting off abo...
03/09/2022
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The Biden administration’s ban on Russian oil, coal, and gas is a large though not total trade sanction, cutting off about 60% of American imports of Russian goods.

Check out this week's Trade Fact from PPI's trade expert Ed Gresser to learn more:

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

For #InternationalWomensDay, we're highlighting PPI's Mosaic Economic Project, which brings together women who are exper...
03/08/2022

For #InternationalWomensDay, we're highlighting PPI's Mosaic Economic Project, which brings together women who are experts in economics & tech to influence policy conversations that have often lacked diverse perspectives.

Just last week, Mosaic hosted their fourth Women Changing Policy Workshop, convening women from across the US for a 2-day skills-building workshop, led by communications experts and government professionals, focusing on how to build a brand and engage in the policy arena.

Take a minute to learn more about the meaningful work Mosaic is doing to uplift women in these traditionally underrepresented policy arenas: https://bit.ly/MosaicPPI

America and the world cannot afford another 4 years of Donald Trump. On the latest episode of Radically Pragmatic, PPI P...
03/08/2022
‎Radically Pragmatic, a podcast from the Progressive Policy Institute: Could Ignoring Swing Voters Reopen the Door for Donald Trump? on Apple Podcasts

America and the world cannot afford another 4 years of Donald Trump.

On the latest episode of Radically Pragmatic, PPI President Will Marshall sits down with seasoned political veterans Bill Galston and Elaine Kamarck to discuss steps Dems can take to connect with the nation's critical swing voters.

‎Show Radically Pragmatic, a podcast from the Progressive Policy Institute, Ep Could Ignoring Swing Voters Reopen the Door for Donald Trump? - Mar 4, 2022

Last month the Bureau of Labor Statistics released data showing that inflation is rising at the fastest pace in 40 years...
03/04/2022
Biden and Congress can fight inflation too | Opinion

Last month the Bureau of Labor Statistics released data showing that inflation is rising at the fastest pace in 40 years—7.5 percent over the past 12 months. This has led to speculation that the Federal Reserve will raise rates more aggressively at its March meeting, underscoring that everyone is looking to monetary policy as the key to bring down rising prices.

There is no doubt that the Fed must raise rates several times this year to protect the economy from rising inflation. But to keep Fed Chair Jerome Powell from having to slam the brakes too hard on the current economic recovery, it's important that the president and Congress use fiscal policy to combat high inflation as well.

To keep Fed Chair Jerome Powell from having to slam the brakes on the current economic recovery, it's important that the president and Congress combat inflation as well.

By implementing a number of measures together, Democrats can present a compelling case to the American people that they ...
02/28/2022
Democrats Need A Pivot On Inflation At The State Of The Union

By implementing a number of measures together, Democrats can present a compelling case to the American people that they are serious about addressing inflation and – unlike Republicans – have credible plans to fix it.

As they head into President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address this week, Democrats must pivot towards aggressively tackling inflation head-on to salvage their agenda and restore confidence in the economic recovery they helped stimulate.

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02/28/2022
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Workforce Development Policy Expert

Workforce Development Policy ExpertThe Progressive Policy Institute in Washington, D.C. is looking for an experienced policy analyst to oversee its work on issues relating to workforce development, the school to work transition and alternative career pathways for non-college workers. Applicants shou...

Education is mostly a local responsibility, but it’s fast becoming a national issue.President Joe Biden needs to reclaim...
02/28/2022
Biden Must Reclaim Democrats' Discarded Mantle of Education Reform in State of the Union Address | RealClearEducation

Education is mostly a local responsibility, but it’s fast becoming a national issue.

President Joe Biden needs to reclaim Democrats' discarded mantle of education and fill the vacuum for a progressive vision for modernizing public schools.

President Biden’s ambitious policy agenda for Building Back Better is missing a key element – bringing America’s outdated public school bureaucracies into the 21st Century. As the politics of...

PPI applauds the Biden administration for the historic nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson.Judge Jackson is an exception...
02/25/2022
PPI Statement on the Nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court - Progressive Policy Institute

PPI applauds the Biden administration for the historic nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson.

Judge Jackson is an exceptionally qualified choice and we look forward to watching her serve on the nation's highest court.

Read PPI's full statement on Judge Jackson's nomination:

Lindsay Lewis, Executive Director of the Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) released the following statement of support for the nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court of the United States: “The Progressive Policy Institute applauds the Biden Administration for the historic nomina...

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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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NEW: We need to protect children’s data online, but let’s protect everyone’s data while we’re at it "Truly protecting the rights of children who are not legally able to consent to online services requires a broader privacy framework, based on legislation that covers all Americans. The United States currently lacks such legislation. If we want to protect children’s data, the first step is to establish universal digital privacy practices for everyone — including children — and add additional protection where needed. "
"That 47 Republican Senators voted not to confirm her for no reason other than the most reflexive & dishonest kind of partisanship is all that mars this otherwise happy civic ceremony. We thank President Joe Biden for nominating Justice Jackson and look forward to seeing her on the bench." Read PPI's full statement on Justice Jackson's historic confirmation:
🚨 PPI President Will Marshall sounds the alarm new proposed regulations that would harm charter schools across the country. "As a matter of civil rights and social justice, the Biden administration should stand with low-income and minority parents who are demanding an end to second-class schools for their children. Instead, the Department of Education’s gremlins seem to be working on behalf of the adults employed in local school districts at the expense of children and their parents." https://thehill.com/opinion/education/3261097-bureaucratic-gremlins-attack-charter-schools/
🆕 A new PPI report urges lawmakers to invest in better pandemic preparedness infrastructure ahead of the next global pandemic "Without building resilient infrastructure, nimble manufacturing, & a fast responding government, we risk being prepared for the last pandemic rather than the next one." Read the report:
Even as prices for traditional goods like energy and autos have skyrocketed, digital economy inflation has remained almost non-existent. So why have tech and broadband prices avoided surging inflation?
EXCLUSIVE: Politico's Weekly Education Newsletter highlights PPI's new report analyzing a new Education Department rule that would make it difficult - if not impossible - for charter schools to qualify for federal start-up grants. Read the report: https://bit.ly/3LDzYxD
READ: PPI's Response to Biden Administration's DOJ Endorsement of Anti-Tech Antitrust Bills "Given all the real problems in the economy, PPI believes that it is remarkably counterproductive to go after the companies that are benefiting consumers and workers."
The Progressive Policy Institute applauds President Biden for proposing a budget that calls for $1 trillion of deficit reduction over the next decade. After a year in which loose fiscal policy contributed to inflation rising to its highest levels in over 40 years, it’s essential that Congress uses its power of the purse to complement the Federal Reserve’s inflation-fighting efforts. Read our full statement on the FY 2023 budget proposal here:
Even if Putin gets all of what he wants, it won’t be enough to compensate for what he has already lost by attacking Ukraine. From a strategic, military and economic standpoint, a weaker and more isolated Russia is bound to emerge from this needless war.
President Joe Biden has the opportunity to use America’s oil and gas resources today to address geopolitical, economic and climate challenges in a way that galvanizes support from the American people and moderates in Congress. He must not waste this moment.
12 years ago today, Congress approved and President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law. PPI's Director of Health Policy Arielle Kane is out with a new blog highlighting the success of Medicaid — and the risk of losing such historic progress.
Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is an unequivocally qualified judge who has already been confirmed three times by the Senate with strong bipartisan support. PPI encourages Senate Republicans to put aside their typical tribalism and confirm Judge Jackson in a timely manner.