The People’s Policy Project output is organized into short posts that mostly discuss day-to-day issues and long projects that are akin to traditional think tank white papers.

You can browse all of our projects by looking through the “projects” tag. Below, I have also organized selected projects under issue headings to help people find policies relevant to particular topics.

Welfare State

Family Fun Pack. This paper argues that the US should create a suite of universal welfare benefits for families with children. The benefits include a baby box, free child care and prek, free school lunches, paid parental leave, free health care for children, and a universal child allowance.

The Leisure Agenda. This paper argues that the US should make a suite of reforms aimed at increasing leisure time, including the creation of new federal holidays, mandated vacation and sick leave, more generous unemployment benefits, paid parental leave, and increases in benefits for the Social Security old-age pension.

Climate Change

Green TVA. This paper argues that the US should use the Tennessee Valley Authority, a federally-owned electricity-generation company, to massively build out carbon-free electricity production in the US.

Global Green New Deal. This paper argues that the US should send hundreds of billions of dollars annually to the UN Green Climate Fund to help developing countries make the clean energy transition.

An Innovation Policy for the Green New Deal. This paper argues that the US should establish a climate-focused industrial policy. That policy would publicly fund early-stage green technologies like carbon-negative technologies, establish Green Innovation Institutes to facilitate the research and development of green technologies, and establish a Green Innovation Fund that would manage the government’s equity stakes in green technology firms and license green technologies developed by the government’s research and development activities.

Carbon Tax and Dividend. This paper argues that the US should impose a tax of $230 per ton of carbon pollution and use the proceeds to fund a per-capita dividend of $2,237 per year.

Housing

Social Housing for America. This paper argues that the US should construct 10 million units of mixed-income social housing to alleviate the housing crisis, increase the stock of housing that is publicly-owned, and promote integration, among other things.

Collective Ownership of Capital

Social Wealth Fund for America. This paper argues that the US should create a collective wealth fund and give every American adult one share of ownership in the fund. The principal for the fund would be built up each year through taxes on the wealthy and other mechanisms. Each year the investment return generated by the fund would be paid out as a universal basic dividend to every American adult.

Other plans also emphasize collective ownership of capital, though are not exclusively about that. This includes the Green TVA proposal, the Green Innovation Policy proposal, and the Social Housing proposal.

Voting Rights

Prisoner Voting Rights. This paper argues that every adult in the US should have the right to vote, including those who are currently incarcerated. Universal suffrage should mean precisely that.

General Analysis

The Destruction of Black Wealth During the Obama Presidency. This paper argues that Obama’s response to the financial crisis, and particularly his response to the foreclosure crisis, wiped out the wealth of the black middle class.

Mass Incarceration: New Jim Crow, Class War, or Both? This paper argues that racial disparities in incarceration are mostly the result of class disparities between racial groups. Once socioeconomic status is controlled for, most of the racial disparities in incarceration-relevant outcomes shrink to nearly zero, though some racial disparity still remains.