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September 28, 2016

Two recent CBPP papers discuss ways that federal policymakers can promote economic growth in Puerto Rico and help the island address its budget problems.  Here’s the introduction for each one:

Puerto Rico Economic Growth Package Should Include Work-...
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September 27, 2016

Social Security faces a significant — though manageable — long-term funding shortfall.  If policymakers address it by reducing benefits, those cuts must be limited and carefully...

Growth in Social Security's Tax Base Lags Behind Employee Compensation
September 27, 2016

The IRS is launching a new initiative to inform millions of people who didn’t have health insurance in 2015 about the affordable coverage options they may have for 2017.  While the IRS’s efforts have come under fire from some in Congress, federal law clearly requires it to share this...

September 26, 2016

Young people with disabilities are likelier to be “food insecure,” or have trouble affording adequate food, than other young people, two recent studies show.  These studies echo earlier findings that working-age adults with disabilities also are...

Vegetables in Market
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...

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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...