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June 30, 2016

Governor Matt Bevin’s proposal for a Medicaid waiver to change Kentucky’s successful coverage expansion would remove vision and dental care from the state’s current Medicaid benefit package.  Instead, if beneficiaries completed “specified health-related or community...

Stethoscope and American Flag
June 29, 2016

My latest post for U.S. News & World Report describes how current coal-leasing policies on federal land fail key economic tests, drawing on a new...

Smokestack and Black Smoke
June 29, 2016

North Carolina’s Senate has passed a fiscally irresponsible bill that would ask voters in November to approve a constitutional amendment limiting the state’s income tax rate to no higher than 5.5 percent, slightly above the 5.499 rate set to take effect in January.  This...

Dollar Bill
June 29, 2016

States can take many steps to push back against the growing inequality that I described yesterday.  We’ve identified these three policies that they can adopt:

Texas State Capitol Dome
June 28, 2016

The gaps between the richest and poorest families have grown in every state since the late 1970s, a new report from the Economic Policy Institute shows. The top 1 percent’s share of income is close to its 1928 peak (see chart)....

Inequality Near 1928 Peak
June 27, 2016

We’ve compiled CBPP’s analyses and blog posts to date on the poverty and health care proposals that Speaker Paul Ryan and other House Republican leaders released this month. 

Commentary: House GOP’s Attention to Poverty Is Welcome, But Plan Is...
Dollar and Columns
June 24, 2016

This week at CBPP, we focused on Social Security and Medicare, health care, the federal budget and taxes, housing, and poverty and opportunity.

On Social Security and Medicare, Paul Van de Water previewed the 2016 reports from the programs’ trustees.  Upon the...
Federal Housing Expenditures Poorly Matched to Need
June 24, 2016

Two events this week drew new attention to the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) — a presidentially appointed commission charged with developing ways to slow the growth of Medicare spending.  Medicare’s trustees reported that projected Medicare...

June 23, 2016

When Speaker Paul Ryan releases the House GOP tax plan tomorrow, a key question is whether it’s closer to the plan from presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump or to a very different one from then-Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp in 2014, the last time the House GOP presented a comprehensive tax reform plan. 

The answer will offer an early indication of possible GOP tax...

Tax Plans' Revenue Impact in First Decade
June 23, 2016

The number of Americans struggling to afford their rent has risen sharply in recent years, with low-income renters bearing the biggest cost burdens, a new report from Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies finds.  But most federal housing spending goes to higher-income homeowners with little need for help, as our updated...

Federal Housing Expenditures Poorly Matched to Need