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February 9, 2016

The President’s budget includes sound improvements to Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), including:

Three years of full federal financing for all Medicaid expansion states.  The President proposes to have the federal government pay the entire cost of...
Patient and Nurses
February 9, 2016

Recognizing the long-term consequences that children face when they live in deep poverty — as researchers Kathy Edin and Luke Shaefer...

Family of Four Outdoors
February 9, 2016

As both parties now agree, the federal government must respond in the coming months to Puerto Rico’s economic and fiscal challenges — most immediately, the $70 billion or so that Puerto Rico owes creditors and on which its government says it must default unless the debt is restructured.  Policymakers must address this threat, but they should go further and also implement health and tax policy...

Dollar Bill Puzzle Pieces
February 8, 2016

Some 500,000 to 1 million childless adults will be cut off SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) over the course of 2016 as a three-month limit on benefits for unemployed childless adults returns in most areas of the country.  This is a diverse, struggling, and...

Adults Subject to SNAP (Update)
February 5, 2016

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

On housing, Will Fischer lauded House passage of reform legislation that would...
February 5, 2016

Startups and young, fast-growing companies create most new jobs during economic expansions, as we explain in our new report summarizing recent research on the dynamics of job creation.

“Startups” ― firms in their first year of existence ― play a critical role in job creation,...

February 4, 2016

The 2017 budget proposal that President Obama will release next week may include something the final 2016 budget lacked: a renewed commitment to reducing homelessness and helping more low-income families to afford decent rental housing.

As we’ve reported, the...

Sequestration Caused Deep Cuts in Housing Vouchers
February 4, 2016

Those brave enough to predict think that tomorrow’s jobs report will show a net gain of 188,000 payroll jobs (compared with 292,000 in December) and an unchanged 5.0 percent unemployment rate.  Unless tomorrow’s numbers are substantially different from that, they shouldn’t change the prevailing narrative that labor market conditions continue to...

Job Seeking
February 4, 2016

The President’s 2017 budget will recommend improvements in the “Cadillac tax” — the excise tax on high-cost health insurance plans.  While some suggest repealing the tax, reforming it to preserve most of its revenues and its ability to slow health care cost growth makes far more sense.  The President’s proposal, which Council of Economic Advisers Chairman Jason Furman and the Council’s Chief...

Health - Money and Stethoscope
February 3, 2016

To create jobs and build strong economies, states should focus on producing more home-grown entrepreneurs and on helping startups and young, fast-growing firms already in their state to grow ― not on cutting taxes and trying to lure businesses from other states.  That’s the conclusion from a new analysis of data about which businesses create jobs and where they create them, as we explain in a...

Infographic: The Vast Majority of Job Creation Comes From...