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October 21, 2016

This week at CBPP, we focused on state budgets and taxes, the federal budget and taxes, the safety net, health care, Social Security, and the economy.                               

On state budgets and taxes, Michael Leachman, Kathleen Masterson, and Marlana Wallace...
Total State K-12 Funding Below 2008 Levels in Most States
October 21, 2016

Better funding for schools leads to better long-term outcomes for students, a careful study concludes.  That’s a timely and important message.  As our new report shows,...

School Funding Increases Lead to Big Gains for Poor Kids
October 20, 2016

At least 23 states will provide less “general” or “formula” funding — the main form of state support for elementary and secondary schools — in the current school year (2017) than when the Great Recession took hold in 2008, our newly updated survey of state...

October 19, 2016

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) together lifted 9.8 million Americans out of poverty last year and made 22.0 million others less poor, CBPP analysis of new Census data shows.  The data allow us to measure of the impact of the entire credits — including both the refundable and non-refundable pieces of the CTC, in addition to the EITC....

Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit Have Powerful Antipoverty Impact
October 19, 2016

Speaking at a Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget event yesterday on public attitudes toward fixing Social Security, I discussed a new Voice of the People survey showing that strong majorities of both parties favor addressing the program’s long-term shortfall mostly by raising revenues.  For example, a majority...

Social Security's Tax Cap Hasn't Kept Pace With Disproportionate Earnings Growth at the Top
October 18, 2016

SNAP spending fell for the third straight year in fiscal year 2016, new Treasury Department data show.  This shows that SNAP (formerly food stamps) is working as designed: it expanded during the recession and its aftermath to meet increased need, and has fallen as the economy has improved.  


In Focus: SNAP Costs Falling, Projected to Fall Further
October 18, 2016

This is the next in our “Medicaid Works” blog series, which aims to inform the debate over Medicaid’s future by providing the latest facts and figures on this essential and ...

October 17, 2016

Medicaid enrollment and spending growth is expected to slow again in state fiscal year 2017 as the initial effects of health reform’s Medicaid expansion taper off, the new Kaiser Family Foundation annual survey of state Medicaid directors finds.  While expansion states expect to spend slightly...

Medicaid Enrollment and Spending Growth Expected to Fall Again
October 14, 2016

This week at CBPP, we focused on the federal budget and taxes, health care, state budgets and taxes, poverty and inequality, and the economy.

On the federal budget and taxes, Robert Greenstein, Chye-Ching Huang, and Isaac Shapiro used the Tax Policy Center’s analysis to...
Poverty Rate Highest For the Youngest Children
October 14, 2016

Despite claims by insurers and critics, people who receive subsidies to help pay for coverage in health insurance marketplaces aren’t abusing their three-month grace period for paying overdue premiums, as I explain in a new paper

Those who receive such subsidies have three months to pay...

In Focus: Enrollees Leave Marketplace Health Plans Gradually Throughout the Year