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September 23, 2016

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

On housing, Will Fischer and Barbara Sard explained that a congressional proposal to deregulate small public...
Moving with Voucher to Lower-Poverty Neighborhoods While Young Children Improves Key Adult Outcomes
September 23, 2016

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) called on policymakers this week to do more for children’s health and development — and some of its strongest words concerned not health care but families’ economic security and opportunity.

“When a family lacks access to steady income, stable housing, adequate nutrition, and social and emotional support, it threatens the future of children and...

Child Sitting On Street
September 22, 2016

A House hearing examined options yesterday to strengthen Housing Choice Vouchers, which are highly...

Smaller Public Housing Agencies Have Higher Administrative Costs
September 21, 2016

In House testimony today, CBPP’s Barbara Sard outlined the benefits of helping low-income families use housing vouchers to move to neighborhoods with less poverty...

happy family in front of a house
September 20, 2016

After years of Social Security Administration (SSA) funding cuts, the House Appropriations Committee has proposed yet more damaging cuts to the agency for 2017.  As our report explains, SSA’s core operating budget shrank by 10 percent from 2010 to 2016, after...

House Bill Would Make Deeper Cuts to Social Security Operating Budget
September 20, 2016

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently proposed a rule to keep states from playing politics with federal Title X family planning funds by excluding family planning providers based on irrelevant criteria.  The rule will increase millions of Americans’ access to essential health services, and HHS...

September 19, 2016

Most states have laws limiting spending growth — or, less often, tax revenue — according to formulas based on factors like growth in personal income, population, or inflation.  But voters and policymakers are coming to recognize the problems with these caps.  Attempts to impose caps have failed in recent years in Florida, Maine, New Hampshire, and Washington, and a legislative commission in...

Maine state house
September 16, 2016

This week at CBPP, we focused on the Census Bureau’s new poverty, income, and health coverage data for 2015.  We also covered the federal budget and taxes, Social Security, and health care.

On the Census data, we previewed the 2015 figures.  Following their release, Robert Greenstein...
Large Health Coverage Gains Since 2013
September 16, 2016

Donald Trump’s economic team says his economic plan would raise annual economic growth to 3.5 percent (it’s averaged 2.1 percent since the economy emerged from recession in mid-2009).  Trump himself says...

4% Not a Realistic Target for Future Growth
September 15, 2016

The revised tax plan that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump released today will be very costly, though less than the plan he released last year.  Based on the Trump campaign’s own cost estimates, the cost appears to be roughly comparable as a share of the economy to that of the very large Reagan tax cuts of 1981 and Bush tax cuts of 2001 — before policymakers rolled them back, in...

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