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June 3, 2015

"Five years after its enactment, the Affordable Care Act has achieved major objectives and proved wrong its critics' most dire predictions," CBPP Senior Fellow Paul Van de Water told a Joint Economic Committee hearing today on health reform's impact on jobs and the economy. Here's an excerpt from his...

Involuntary Part-Time Work Has Fallen From Post-Recession Peak
June 3, 2015

Testifying at today's Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing on higher education, CBPP's Michael Mitchell explained that deep cuts to state higher education funding in recent years have had dramatic impacts, including steep hikes in tuition...

Graduates Holding Diplomas
June 3, 2015

In a new analysis, Harvard economist Jeffrey Liebman finds the aging of the population and the rise in women's labor force participation explain most of the recent growth in the Social Security Disability Insurance (DI) rolls. It...

In Focus: Disability Insurance (DI) Growth Largely Reflects Aging of Baby Boom and Rising Women's Labor Force Participation
June 2, 2015

The House will begin considering a funding bill today that provides far less than the Census Bureau needs to finalize new planned cost-saving measures for the 2020 census, potentially forcing it to use older and more expensive methods. That could raise the cost of conducting the census by $5 billion, the Bureau...

Charts and Graphs With Pen
June 1, 2015

Repealing IPAB would be bad for Medicare's beneficiaries -- and for controlling health care costs.

Doctor and Patient by Window
June 1, 2015

Growing income inequality is a huge challenge facing the nation, and a new study by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston shows that...

Twenty-five States and D.C. Have Enacted EITCs, 2015
May 29, 2015

This week at CBPP, we focused on the federal budget and taxes, state budgets and taxes, and unemployment insurance.

On the federal budget and taxes, Robert Greenstein explained why raising the minimum wage and expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit are complementary ways to help low-income...
Louisiana Has Nation's Second-Deepest Cuts in Higher Education
May 28, 2015

Most states that have cut the number of weeks of unemployment insurance (UI) benefits since the Great Recession seriously underfunded their UI systems before the recession, a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) ...

Employment Application
May 27, 2015

A range of proposals related to the minimum wage and Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) have emerged in recent weeks, including a congressional proposal to restore the minimum wage to about half of the median wage and Warren Buffett's call for a major EITC expansion. They share the laudable goal of...

Dollar Bill
May 26, 2015

The Louisiana Senate is considering a House-approved budget this week that includes several tax increases to avoid further higher education cuts. Senate approval isn't assured, and Governor Bobby Jindal vows to veto tax increases not offset by other tax cuts. Still, the House action is welcome news after several years of serious cuts to Louisiana's public colleges and universities forced...

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