Policy Briefs

Five ideas for a pro-worker, pro-employer agenda
Progressive Policy Institute (June 2018)

Innovating out of student debt
Progressive Policy Institute (May 2018)

Guaranteed Jobs: Too Big to Succeed
Progressive Policy Institute (May 2018)

Reforming the Treatment of Kidney Disease
Progressive Policy Institute (April 2018)

Tax Cuts for the Companies That Deserve It
Progressive Policy Institute (January 2018)

Forget free college; How about free credentials?
Progressive Policy Institute (October 2017)

Retirement Insecurity: Americans and Retirement Savings (Fact File)
Originally published by CFED (April 2013)

Rebuilding American Success: Savings and Opportunity for All
Originally published by CFED (April 2013)

Dreams Deferred: College Costs, College Savings and Student Debt (Fact File)
Originally published by CFED (Feb. 2013)

Cracks in the Foundation? Homeownership After the Housing Crash (Fact File)
Originally published by CFED (Feb. 2013)

What’s Your Number? Credit Scores and Financial Security (Fact File)
Originally published by CFED (Jan. 2013)

Unaccounted: How Many Americans Don’t Own Bank Accounts? (Fact File)
Originally published by CFED (Nov. 2012)

How Much in the Piggy Bank? Emergency Savings and American Families (Fact File)
Originally published by CFED (Oct. 2012)

Winning New Savers with Prize-Linked Savings
Originally published by CFED

When Paperwork Attacks! Five Ideas for Smarter Government
Originally published by the Progressive Policy Institute (March 2012)

Crowd Control: The Need for a Spectrum Management Mitigation Fund
Originally published by the Progressive Policy Institute (December 2011)

501 Shareholders: Redefining “Public” Companies to Help Emerging Firms
Originally published by the Progressive Policy Institute (December 2011)

All of the Above: What to Do About Housing–Now
Originally published by the Progressive Policy Institute (October 2011)

HomeK Accounts: A Down Payment on Homeownership and Retirement
Originally published by the Progressive Policy Institute (October 2011)

Another Kick in the Teeth: Loan Limits and the Housing Market
Originally published by the Progressive Policy Institute (September 2011)

The Risks of Over-Regulating End-User Derivatives
Originally published by the Progressive Policy Institute (July 2011)

Fixing “Foreclosure-gate”
Originally published by Third Way (January 2011)

The Case Against a Foreclosure Moratorium
Originally published by Third Way (October 2010)

Why We Need Fairer Trade: How Export Barriers Cost America Jobs
Originally published by Third Way (July 2010)

1,000,000 New Patents
Originally published by Third Way (June 2010)

Bending the Curve: 12 Ways Health Care Reform Will Tackle Runaway Costs
Originally published by Third Way (May 2010)

What’s in it for Me? 12 Benefits of the New Health Care Law for the Midle Class
Originally published by Third Way (May 2010)

Federal 401(k) Match
Originally published by Third Way (April 2010)

Auto-consolidation of 401(k) Accounts
Originally published by Third Way (March 2010)

Trust and verify: Making health reform work for consumers
Politico (March 31, 2010)

Congress Should Extend a Helping Hand to Homeowners
Roll Call (February 12, 2010)

Double the Child Care Tax Credit
Originally published by Third Way (February 2010)

Getting Our Share of Clean Energy Trade
Originally published by Third Way (February 2010)

Relief for College Savings Accountholders
Originally published by Third Way (February 2010)

A $5,000 College Tuition Tax Cut
Originally published by Third Way (January 2010)

Federal Financial Education Grants
Originally published by Third Way (January 2010)

A Middle Class Success Agenda
Originally published by Third Way (January 28, 2010)

Recovery for the Middle Class: How to Create Jobs and Help the Middle Class Weather a Tough Economy
Originally published by Third Way (November 2009)

One Free Yearly Credit Score
Originally published by Third Way (November 2009)

Bonus Manufacturing Tax Credit
Originally published by Third Way (October 2009)

An Individual Mandate with More Teeth But Less Bite
Originally published by Third Way (October 2009)

Student Loan Relief for New Graduates
Originally published by Third Way (September 2009)

The Health Care Insecurity Index
Originally published by Third Way (September 2009)

Talking Points: The Health Care Insecurity Index
Originally published by Third Way (September 2009)

Offering Stability to Harry and Louise: A Three-Step Strategy to Get to Yes on Health Care Reform
Originally published by Third Way (July 6, 2009)

Deduction for Home Sale Losses
Originally published by Third Way (July 2009)

Low-Interest Emergency Mortgage Bridge Loans
Originally published by Third Way (July 2009)

Stop Short Sales from Damaging Credit
Originally published by Third Way (May 2009)

Double the Deduction for Small Business Start-up Costs
Originally published by Third Way (May 2009)

Standard Home Office Deduction
Originally published by Third Way (May 2009)

Federal Direct Loans to Small Business
Originally published by Third Way (April 2009)

Checking Up on Harry and Louise: The Health Care Coverage Experiences of the Middle Class
Originally published by Third Way (2009)

Give power to consumers
Politico (October 19, 2009)

Build Community College Capacity
Originally published by Third Way (August 2009)

Elder Care Tax Credit 
Originally published by Third Way (May 2009)

Increase Federal Student Loan Limits
Originally published by Third Way (May 2009)

The “Buy American” Provisions in the Economic Recovery Package
Originally published by Third Way (February 2009)

A Middle Class Agenda: Restoring Middle Class Success
Originally published by Third Way (January 2009)

Improving Credit Score Disclosure
Originally published by Third Way

100 Days for the Middle Class
Originally published by Third Way (November 2008)

Bridging Health Coverage Between Jobs
Originally published by Third Way (2008)

Easing the Sticker Shock of Energy Prices
Originally published by Third Way (2008)

Getting the Economy Moving: A Stimulus Package
Originally published by Third Way (January 2008)

Talking Points: Health Insurance Reform–Security and Stability for America’s Middle Class
Originally published by Third Way

Talking Points: What’s in it for Me? 12 Ways Health Insurance Reform Delivers Stability and Security to the Middle Class
Originally published by Third Way

Talking Points: What’s in it for Small Businesses? How Health Insurance Reform Delivers Stability and Security to Small Businesses
Originally published by Third Way

Talking Points: What’s in it for Seniors? Stability and Security for Seniors in Health Insurance Reform
Originally published by Third Way

Talking Points: Bending the Curve–12 Ways Health Insurance Reform Will Tackle Runaway Costs
Originally published by Third Way

Talking Points: Winning the Debate on Health Care Reform
Originally published by Third Way

Launching New Entrepreneurs
Originally published by Third Way (2008)

Shaken, Not Stirred: Findings from Recent Focus Groups on Americans and the Economy
Originally published by Third Way (July 2008)

Rebuilding Home Wealth
Originally published by Third Way (2008)

Trade and the Middle Class: Recent Focus Group Findings
Originally published by Third Way (June 2008)

Getting to YES with the Middle Class: An American Success Agenda
Originally published by Third Way (June 2008)

Stemming the Housing Crisis: A Better Framework
Originally published by Third Way (February 2008)

Creating Young Investors
Originally published by Third Way (2008)

Boosting Retirement Wealth
Originally published by Third Way (2008)

Making College More Affordable
Originally published by Third Way (2008)

Unsticking the Sandwich Generation
Originally published by Third Way (2008)

Making Child Care More Affordable
Originally published by Third Way (2008)

Why Lou Dobbs Is Winning
Originally published by Third Way (November 2007)

Unsticking the Sandwich Generation: Help for Families Caring for Aging Parents
Originally published by Third Way (October 2007)

A New Middle Class Compact
Originally published by Third Way (June 2007)

The New Rules Economy: A Policy Framework for the 21st Century
Originally published by Third Way (February 2007)

Reforming and Expanding the H1-B Program
Originally published by Third Way (January 17, 2007)

The Politics of Opportunity: The Case for a New Middle-Class Economic Message
Originally published by Third Way (2006)

Tax Reform and Economic Growth
Originally published by Third Way (July 2006)

Empty Promises: The Poverty of Compassionate Conservatism
Originally published by the Progressive Policy Institute (October 2004)

Broken Faith
Originally published in Blueprint Magazine (October 7, 2004)

Why People Need Affordable Cars
Originally published in Blueprint Magazine (February 11, 2003)

Taken for a Ride: Subprime Lending, Automobility and the Working Poor
Originally published by the Progressive Policy Institute (November 14, 2002)

Fixing Food Stamps
Originally published by the Progressive Policy Institute (September 20, 2002)

The Price of Paying Taxes: How Tax Preparation and Refund Loan Fees Erode the Benefits of the EITC
Originally published by the Brookings Institution and the Progressive Policy Institute (May 2002)

Fast Cash for the Tax Man
Originally published in Blueprint Magazine (May 2002)

Up the Ladder: The Role of Training and Education in Promoting Job Advancement for Welfare Recipients
Originally published by the Progressive Policy Institute (March 19, 2002)

Finishing the Welfare Revolution: A Blueprint for TANF Renewal
Originally published by the Progressive Policy Institute (January 22, 2002)

Finish the Job
Originally published in Blueprint Magazine (January 2002)

Taking the Poor into Account: What Banks Can Do to Better Serve Low-Income Markets
Originally published by the Progressive Policy Institute (August 2, 2001)

Transitional Jobs: A Bridge into the Workforce for Hard-to-Employ Welfare Recipients
Originally published by the Progressive Policy Institute (March 21, 2001)

Double the Child Tax Credit
Originally published in Blueprint Magazine (February 7, 2001)

The Unbanked and the Alternative Financial Sector 
Comments presented to the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s Community Affairs Research Conference (April 2001)

Making Work Pay: The Model Approach of Washington State’s Community Jobs Program
Originally published by the Progressive Policy Institute (November 21, 2000)

KidSave: Long-term Planning for the Next Generation
Originally published by the Progressive Policy Institute (October 12, 2000)