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October 22, 2018

Fifteen states plus the District of Columbia raised benefits for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) in fiscal year 2018 (which began July 1, 2017 in most states) or 2019. (See table.) Still, benefits are at or below 60 percent of the federal poverty line in every state, as our...

Family in Front of House
October 19, 2018

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

On health, Jennifer Wagner noted that thousands of Arkansans lost their Medicaid benefits in October for not meeting rigid...
Very Few Arkansas Medicaid Beneficiaries Met New Reporting Requirements in Fourth Month of Work Requirement
October 19, 2018

Realtors, veterinarians, and a range of other industry groups are pushing to dramatically expand the scope of the 2017 tax law’s “pass-through” deduction to allow their businesses to qualify. The wide range of requests, on full display at a recent IRS hearing, shows the creative ways that business owners and their tax planners will seek to stretch the deduction, which is essentially a giveaway...

Form 1040 And Refund Check
October 19, 2018

SNAP (food stamps) and Medicaid give many Americans, including many low-wage workers, access to nutritious food and health coverage. Despite their important roles, recent federal and state proposals and policies would take SNAP and...

Grocery Shopping
October 18, 2018

North Carolina voters will decide in November whether to tighten the cap on the state’s income tax rate, which would make it harder to fund schools, health care, and other public services while overwhelmingly benefiting the state’s wealthiest families.

The ballot measure would amend the state constitution to reduce the cap on...

Large Budget Shortfalls Loom for North Carolina Due to Tax Cuts
October 17, 2018

State and local tax systems can be a powerful tool for boosting economic opportunity, creating broadly shared prosperity, and building equitable state economies. But in nearly every state, they’re reinforcing and often worsening inequality, as the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy shows in a new report.

The new study of the state and local...

Lowest-Income Households Pay Highest State and Local Taxes
October 16, 2018

Some 4,109 Arkansas Medicaid beneficiaries lost coverage on October 1 for not reporting at least 80 hours of work or work-related activities for three months, the state reports. That brings the total to 8,462 beneficiaries who have lost coverage since the state implemented its rigid work requirement. These...

Very Few Arkansas Medicaid Beneficiaries Met New Reporting Requirements in Fourth Month of Work Requirement
October 15, 2018

Major League Baseball (MLB) is pushing to let professional sports team owners benefit from the 20 percent “pass-through” deduction, a key provision of the 2017 tax law. This unwarranted change to proposed Treasury regulations to implement the law would come on top of several of the law’s...

Money Flying Away
October 12, 2018

This week at CBPP, we focused on poverty and inequality, housing, federal tax, health, family income support, and the economy.

On poverty and inequality, Shelby Gonzales questioned the extremely broad authority immigration...
Fewer Landlords Reject Vouchers in Areas Blocking Voucher Discrimination
October 11, 2018

We’ve explained that the 2017 tax law largely ignored working-class families, instead delivering large tax cuts to the most well-off and large, profitable corporations. A new analysis...

2017 Tax Law Gives White Households in Top 1% More Than All Races in Bottom 60%

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