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The Case for a More Distributed Federal Workforce

The Biden administration has a unique and largely undiscussed opportunity. Prior to Covid-19, 5 percent of the U.S. workforce primarily worked from home. During the pandemic, this share rose as high as 50 percent; as of November, 36 percent of federal workers were still working remotely. With vaccines already beginning to roll out, this temporary…

The Political Economy of the Beer Excise Tax

The presidential election is over, but for progressives, the process of winning back the working class has just begun. In this note we’re going to focus on beer. Why beer? First, brewery employment is one of the great success stories in manufacturing in recent years. The number of jobs in the brewery industry increased a stunning…

Get Everyone Back to Work – and Make Work Pay

Summer is normally a time when Americans look forward to taking a vacation. In the pandemic summer of 2020, however, many of us probably would like nothing better than to get back to work. Since the coronavirus reached our shores, tens of millions of Americans have been laid off or furloughed. Many others have had…

Press

Work from Home Opens Opportunity to Reexamine Federal Workforce Distribution

Contact: Carter Christensen, media@ppionline.org WASHINGTON, D.C. – A new report from the Progressive Policy Institute highlights the opportunity posed by the current work-from-home mandate resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. Covid-19 has taught employers the surprising lesson that for many more positions than expected, remote work is preferred by workers and seems to have little negative impact on workplace productivity. Within…

How to build American resilience

For Americans and much of the world, 2020 has been an annus horribilis. To contain the coronavirus pandemic, nations have been forced to order mass quarantines, freezing economic activity and social life. It likely will take decades to calculate the full human, economic and psychic costs of this still-unfolding global calamity. Few countries have been…

Release: In Gig Economy Space, New Report Shines Light on Regulatory Improvements for Independent Workers

Independent workers face a dilemma where they cannot currently receive benefit payments from companies without risking their independent status. WASHINGTON, D.C. - A new report from the Progressive Policy Institute examines the possibility of creating a way to regulate platforms that would preserve the flexible nature of independent workers and the benefits to our economy…

Blog

Mandel for Medium: “Tech/Telecom/Ecommerce sector grew by 7.3% in 2018, Political Implications”

Many of the Democratic presidential candidates are vying to see who can be toughest on the tech sector. But here’s the paradox: New data shows that the tech boom is a major force driving down unemployment, lifting economic growth, and helping voters — precisely the people that the Democratic candidates are trying to reach. The…

Kim for Medium: “How to get more companies to put people over profits”

Corporate profits are soaring. Yet Americans’ paychecks are inching upward by comparison. It’s no wonder many Americans feel anxious despite an economy that, by the numbers, is booming. This disconnect between shareholders’ prosperity and workers’ precarity has led many on the progressive left to question the very future of capitalism. Some 2020 presidential candidates, such…

Long for Medium: “Under Legislation, Policymakers Would Micromanage Freight Rail Employment”

Republicans despise federal micromanagement, but that hasn’t kept Rep. Don Young of Alaska from hopping aboard the Washington-Knows-Best Express. He recently introduced a bill mandating that freight trains have a minimum of two crew members on board trains at all times. While Young justifies his bill on safety grounds, the bill also appears to reflect…