The New Center produces innovative, center-leaning ideas and analyses for topics ranging from health care and governance to economy and defense. We strive to find balanced solutions to America's toughest issues and bring bipartisanship back to policy.
Centering on Coronavirus: The Digital Divide
Ensuring affordable broadband access for every household has never been more important for those working and learning from home. In this installment of the Centering on Coronavirus issue series, The New Center suggests closing the gap in internet connectivity among American households by combining short-term and immediate local solutions with long-term funding to improve affordability.
Centering on Coronavirus: Aiding Vulnerable Nonprofits
In our May 4, 2020 installment of the Centering on Coronavirus issue series, The New Center explores why the United States should let Americans deduct any charitable donations made between March 13 (the date of national emergency declaration) and July 15 on their 2019 tax return, instead of 2020.
Centering on Coronavirus: Diagnostic and Antibody Testing
In this issue brief, published April 27, 2020, The New Center explores how the United States got behind the testing curve and how we might still be able to correct our course and move toward a safe reopening of our economy.
Centering on Coronavirus: The Gig Economy
In our April 17, 2020 installment of the Centering on Coronavirus issue series, The New Center discusses the importance of the gig economy and the unique challenges of nontraditional workers in the fight against coronavirus.
Centering on Coronavirus: The Ventilator Shortage
In an issue brief published on April 10, 2020, The New Center discusses the importance of ventilators in the fight against coronavirus, what is causing their current shortage, and how governments and the private sector are responding to ensure as many people as possible have access to these life-saving devices.
Centering on Coronavirus: Voting During a Pandemic
“Voting During a Pandemic,” the second installment in The New Center’s “Centering on Coronavirus” policy series published on April 2, 2020, discusses the various implications of the coronavirus on our elections, how states have responded, and why a massive expansion of mail-in voting may be the only feasible way to conduct the November general election.
Centering on Coronavirus: Vaccine Development
Our first policy insight in the Centering on Coronavirus series, “Vaccine Development,” is focused on how the typical vaccine development process is being accelerated–technologically, bureaucratically, and financially–to meet this unprecedented challenge.
The Opioid Crisis
Since the 1990s, opioid deaths in America have quadrupled and opioid abuse has emerged as perhaps the country’s most serious public health crisis. Though recent efforts by legislators, doctors, and patients have striven to curb this epidemic, opioid-related overdoses still kill 130 Americans every day. We can, and should, be doing more.
Protecting America’s Public Lands
Today, federally protected land has grown to account for 640 million acres—or about 14% of the landmass of the entire country. And the love Americans have for public lands has grown with it. Yet America’s growing love for public lands isn’t reflected in how we treat them.
The Supreme Court: Depoliticizing the Judiciary
Citizens should be able to trust the court to provide equal justice under the law no matter who sits on the bench. Restoring trust in the Supreme Court requires structural changes to diminish the incentives for Congressional Democrats and Republicans to declare war with one another each time a vacancy occurs.
Increasing Voter Participation
The order of presidential primaries gives disproportionate influence to Iowa and New Hampshire. Many states still use outdated, vote-depressing ballot rules that should’ve gone decades ago. Here’s how to buck this trend, revamp voter turnout, and bring democracy back.
Clearing the Path for New Parties
State laws discriminate against small parties and independents. Meanwhile, small parties struggle to capture votes when the public fears they’ll poach power from the major players. Politics doesn’t have to be this way. It’s time to break the two-party stranglehold with a careful review of the history books.
Letting the Parties Decide Who Represents Them
The current primary system has lost sight of the importance of the parties themselves in the nomination process, and it's time to bring it back. The answer to the question of saving American democracy might be to have a less directly democratic, more representative democratic leadership in our political parties.
Shaping the Market to Create a Clean Energy Future
This paper explores the economic forces and incentives that created our fossil-based economy, and how we can harness those same forces to unleash the potential of cleaner energy and climate change mitigation technologies.
The New American Dream: Alleviating the Student Debt Crisis
Higher education has never been more important for Americans looking to get a good job. Yet young people are pushing back many milestones of adulthood—like starting a family or buying a home—because they are buried under mountains of student debt.
Public Libraries for Bipartisanship
As political polarization hammers away at families, workplaces, and government, policymakers must think quickly and critically about ways to bring Americans back together. One solution lies in an oft-overlooked, time-honored American resource: U.S. public libraries.
Take on Big Tech: Protecting Privacy and Public Discourse
We've allowed private companies tremendous influence over our privacy and public discourse, but Washington and the tech industry have yet to settle on a sustainable or sensible framework for how to manage these concerns. This needs to change.
The New American Dream: Workforce Training Programs
By many measures, the U.S. economy is thriving. And yet, far too many American workers in far too many places are being left out and left behind due to underinvestment and poor performance from many workforce training programs that are funded.
Double Down on Federal R&D for Breakthrough Energy Technologies
Many breakthrough energy technologies have promise, but they are currently being held back by cost, scalability, and performance hurdles. Significant new federal R&D funding in these areas could accelerate the timeframe for innovators to clear these hurdles.
Infrastructure: A Tangle of Red Tape
Many of our bridges are 50-100 years old and our outdated facilities are polluting air and water. We can and must do better. America's decaying infrastructure is costing jobs, it is costing lives, and it is long past due for an overhaul.
Take on Big Tech: Promoting Competition
In the absence of serious anti-competitive scrutiny, big tech companies achieved total dominance of their respective markets and we're starting to see the consequences. It's time to re-evaluate American antitrust regulation for the information age.
Closing the Doctor Gap
The United States faces a significant provider shortage. While 2020 presidential contenders have already proposed several ideas for expanding health care access, they haven't discussed how the U.S. can ensure it has enough providers to deliver that care.
Big Tech: Public Discourse and Privacy
The vast reach of America's leading technology companies has given them tremendous influence over our public discourse and privacy, and it's time for Washington and the tech industry to settle on a sustainable and sensible framework for how to manage these concerns.
The Immigration Debate: The Poison Infecting Our Politics
What the American people want—and what Washington refuses to give them—is an immigration system that makes sense for the times we live in, provides security, and strengthens our country. It's time for Washington to fix the system and to drain the poison from our politics with an immigration deal forged in the center.