Economy

Publications

Price Controls Won’t Fix What’s Ailing the Restaurant Industry

The restaurant industry is hurting. Between February and April of last year, more than 6 million food service workers lost their jobs.1 As of December, more than 110,000 restaurants had closed permanently or long-term.2 The industry has some big chains, but most restaurants are quintessentially small businesses. More than 9 in 10 restaurants have fewer…

PODCAST: Congresswoman Suzan DelBene on “Getting to Yes”

PPI President Will Marshall welcomes Representative Suzan DelBene of Washington State's First District to this episode of the PPI Podcast. The two discuss the Republican party's identity crisis, the issue of Marjorie Taylor Greene, and the need for the GOP to come to the table on a broad relief package. They also talk about DelBene's…

Memo to President Biden: A Reality-Based Approach to Drug Pricing

Four Ways the Pharma Sector is Performing Well, Four Big Problems, and Three Straightforward Solutions In this paper we summarize the state of today’s pharma sector with four ways it is performing well and four big problems. Then we propose three key policy proposals that the Biden Administration can use to address the problems: A…

Press

Report Calls for New National Commitment, Vigorous Response to Hunger and Malnutrition in America

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A new brief released today from the Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) targets the federal response to the hunger crisis resulting from the COVID-19 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…

Many Roads to a Living Wage

The Congressional Budget Office has dealt another blow to progressive hopes for swift action to raise the U.S. minimum wage to $15 an hour. It released a new study this week estimating that while the wage hike would lift 900,000 Americans out of poverty, it also would cost 1.4 million workers their jobs. Liberal economists…

Opportunity for Biden Administration to Boost Jobs and Economic Growth is Hiding in Plain Sight

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A new report co-authored by the Progressive Policy Institute’s Caleb Watney and Doug Rand and Lindsay Milliken of the Federation of American Scientists, highlights a significant opportunity for the Biden Administration to boost entrepreneurship and create up to a million new jobs through a little-known immigration rule. For the United States in…

Blog

PPI Statement on the National Apprenticeship Act of 2021

Last Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to dramatically expand investment and access to apprenticeships with the passage of the National Apprenticeship Act of 2021 under the leadership of Rep. Bobby Scott. This legislation had been passed in November in the last Congress, however, the Republican Senate Majority failed to take up the bill…

Beyond “Buy American”: Why U.S. Manufacturing Needs A National Resilience Council

We strongly support President Biden’s signing of the Executive Order beefing up Buy American provisions for federal purchases. The executive order would use "the full force of current domestic preferences to support America’s workers and businesses. But much more needs to be done, since domestic manufacturing is much weaker than most people realize.  Most important,…

10 Questions About Trump, Big Tech, and Free Speech

Twitter permanently banned Trump. Facebook suspended his account for at least two weeks. Apple and Google pulled the Parler app from their app stores. Amazon booted Parler off AWS. Stripe stopped processing payments for the Trump campaign’s website. These decisions, among others, have sparked a renewed debate over the power that Big Tech companies have…