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February 27, 2017

President Trump’s plans to raise defense funding by $54 billion in 2018 and cut non-defense discretionary (NDD) spending — which funds key priorities like education and job training, clean water, scientific and medical research...

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Vice President for Budget Policy and Economic Opportunity

February 27, 2017

“The President,” according to White House talking points on his speech to Congress tomorrow night, “will reach out to Americans living in the poorest and most vulnerable communities, and let them know that help is on the way.” Really?

February 27, 2017

The federal budget season will soon begin, so it’s a good time to remind policymakers about the research showing how important SNAP (food stamps) and WIC are for children...

Child in Grocery Cart
February 26, 2017

A number of Republican governors are crafting, but haven’t yet agreed on, a health plan that would cap federal funding for Medicaid, leaked documents show.

Stethoscope on Blue Scrubs
February 24, 2017

This week at CBPP, we focused on health care, the federal budget, state budgets and taxes, and family income support.

On health care, Edwin Park, Matt Broaddus, Jesse Cross-Call, and Jessica Schubel outlined how House Republicans’ Medicaid...
Low-Income Expenditures Outside Health Care Set to Fall Below Average of Last 40 Years
February 24, 2017

Federal grants to state and local governments help fund a number of critical programs and services on which residents rely. But they’re already at historically low levels as a share of the economy, and proposals from President Trump and congressional Republicans would shrink them further — potentially diminishing or eliminating the programs they support.

Federal grants provide roughly...

Federal Grants for States and Localities at Historically Low Levels
February 24, 2017

States are awaiting details of a promised federal plan to invest more in roads, bridges, and other public infrastructure. More federal help would be welcome, but states would be wise to move ahead on their own.

The need to invest in America’s roads, bridges, schools, water treatment plants, and other physical assets is well-documented. ...

Public Infrastructure Has Been Neglected
February 23, 2017

Bipartisan coalitions in both legislative houses in Kansas voted to reverse enormous tax cuts that Governor Sam Brownback and others touted as a model for other states and the nation. Although the state Senate fell just short yesterday of the two-thirds vote to override Gov. Brownback’s veto, the majority votes in both houses reflect several years of...

After Tax Cuts, Kansas' Economy Underperforming U.S.
February 23, 2017

Republican plans to severely cut federal Medicaid funds by converting the program to a block grant or a per capita cap represents a severe threat to funding for home- and community-based services (HCBS), despite recent claims to the contrary.


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February 22, 2017

House Republicans’ policy alternatives to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would cut federal Medicaid...

SUDS under ACA Repeal