Years of deferred maintenance and underinvestment have eroded America’s essential infrastructure, jeopardizing economic vitality and international competitiveness. With public funding increasingly constrained, leveraging private investment is widely seen as a key strategy for addressing this challenge.
BPC launched its Commission on Retirement Security and Personal Savings. The initiative will examine whether savings rates and available savings vehicles are meeting the retirement goals of Americans and the nation's investment needs.
BPC and NYU Wagner hosted a conversation with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan. One week before the scheduled mark-up of the Housing Finance Reform and Taxpayer Protection Act of 2014, Secretary Donovan offered comments on GSE reform and the state of the U.S. housing market.
With the U.S. tight oil boom headlining the dramatic resurgence in North American oil production, expectations about future oil supply have shifted from traditional OPEC oil producers to countries whose oil production had previously been declining. This virtual explosion in the production of unconventional oil has major implications for the development of all oil sources, particularly high-cost, high-risk “frontier oil,” as found in the Arctic or ultra-deepwater.
Streamlining the U.S. financial regulatory architecture was a missed opportunity of Dodd-Frank. Our current structure is full of overlapping jurisdictions, regulatory turf battles and inefficient use of resources. While Dodd-Frank improved financial regulation in a number of ways, it actually created more agencies than it consolidated.
BPC hosted an event to launch a new Long-Term Care Initiative, co-chaired by former Senate Majority Leaders Tom Daschle and Bill Frist, former Governor and HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson, and former CBO Director Alice Rivlin. The initiative will raise awareness among policymakers about the need to develop a sustainable means of financing and delivering long-term services and supports, and will issue policy recommendations in late 2014.
BPC's Energy Project and the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) held the third workshop in a series on Greenhouse Gas Regulation of Existing Power Plants under the Clean Air Act.
BPC's Turkey Initiative hosted a panel to discuss the results of Turkey’s local elections on March 30 and their significance for Turkey’s domestic political struggles, foreign policy and relations with the United States.
Leading technology executives discussed the challenges and opportunities ahead for the innovation ecosystem.
BPC hosted a town hall conversation on Congress in partnership with USA TODAY, The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.