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October 6, 2015

We co-hosted a tweet chat today with NDD United about the tight annual caps on funding for non-defense discretionary programs, and how the caps make it hard to meet a broad array of national needs.  

CBPP’s Joel Friedman and David Reich answered questions during the chat, including the following:...

House and Senate Bills Would Deepen Past Cuts to K-12 Education
October 5, 2015

We’ve noted that 70 percent of Social Security Disability Insurance (DI) beneficiaries are 50 or older, but DI is also important for the relatively few younger workers who qualify for it due to a...

Disability Rates & Benefits Rise with Age
October 2, 2015

This week at CBPP, we focused on health care, the federal budget and taxes, food assistance, the safety net, housing, and the economy.

On health care, Judith Solomon raised questions about the Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0 — the state’s plan to expand Medicaid — that...
Figure 2: EITC Boosts Single Mother Employment
October 2, 2015

The facts don’t support claims by the American Enterprise Institute’s Robert Doar that TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) is a success so we should continue and even strengthen its “work-first” approach — which requires recipients to participate in activities that mimic work (like unpaid jobs...

never married mothers
October 2, 2015

This week’s Senate Finance Committee hearing on Puerto Rico’s financial and economic challenges brought overdue attention to the island’s inadequate Medicaid funding.  Unlike the 50 states and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico is limited to a low, fixed amount of federal Medicaid funding...

Health - Money and Stethoscope
October 1, 2015

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen recently noted two salient facts about the labor market that tomorrow’s jobs report won’t change:

The labor market has achieved considerable progress over the past several years. Even so, further improvement in labor market conditions would be welcome because

UE Rate Oct 2015
October 1, 2015

A group of 101 prominent health economists and policy analysts — including two Nobel prize winners, four current or past presidents of the American Economic Association, and former officials in both Democratic and Republican administrations — have sent Congress a letter about health reform’s...

Health - Paperwork and Stethoscope
September 30, 2015

Ahead of tomorrow’s Senate Finance Committee hearing on reducing payment errors in federal benefit programs, here are three ways Congress can reduce errors in the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC):

Give the IRS the needed authority to reduce EITC

September 30, 2015

The pending House and Senate 2016 appropriations bills fall far short of what the Administration says it needs for two programs funding the development and production of drugs, vaccines, and other items to respond to biological, chemical, or nuclear terrorism.  That’s due to tight annual caps on appropriations spending under the 2011 Budget Control Act (BCA) and the sequestration cuts that...

E Pluribis Unum Budget
September 29, 2015

Donald Trump’s tax plan conflicts with his claim that it’s fully paid for and focused on average Americans.  In reality, the plan hemorrhages revenue and tilts heavily toward the wealthiest Americans.

It includes a number of expensive tax cuts — cutting the top individual and corporate tax rates sharply, to 25 and 15 percent, respectively; creating a special 15 percent rate for business...

1040 Tax Form