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September 25, 2020

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

On poverty and inequality, Joseph Llobrera, Alicia Mazzara, Catlin Nchako, Arloc Sherman, and Claire Zippel analyzed new data showing...
High-Wage Workers Have Recovered Most Lost Jobs, But Low-Wage Job Losses Persist
September 24, 2020

The government funding package that Congress expects to pass this week includes important nutrition assistance, but policymakers don’t seem likely to agree in the near term to a comprehensive COVID-19 relief package — even with the latest data again showing that millions of adults (and many of their children) are struggling to get enough to eat, and facing significant housing hardship, which...

Black and Latino Households Likelier to Experience Food Insufficiency During Pandemic
September 23, 2020

Families’ access to wealth has largely determined how they’re affected by COVID-19, with wealthier and higher-paid families mostly avoiding the worst health and economic effects. This divergence reflects both racial and class inequities. As states face sizeable budget shortfalls due to the pandemic, they should raise taxes on wealthy people to preserve funding for crucial priorities such as...

High-Wage Workers Have Recovered Most Lost Jobs, But Low-Wage Job Losses Persist
September 18, 2020

This week at CBPP, we focused on food assistance, the new Census data released this week, poverty and inequality, and the economy.

On food assistance, Stacy Dean, Zoë Neuberger, Dottie Rosenbaum, and our partners from the Food Research & Action Center detailed how...
Progress on Health Coverage Is Eroding
September 18, 2020

The wide gap between median renter income and median rent extended through 2019, new Census data show, highlighting that the housing affordability crisis existed before COVID-19 and the recession cost many renters their jobs. Policymakers must urgently provide emergency rental assistance to help families struggling to afford housing in...

Renters’ Incomes Haven’t Caught Up to Housing Costs
September 18, 2020

The economic gains before COVID-19 sent the economy tumbling were uneven across states as well as racial and ethnic groups, according to American Community Survey (ACS) data that the Census Bureau released yesterday. And the pandemic wiped out much of this...

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September 14, 2020

Five million Americans who were hit hardest by the current health and economic crisis risk missing out on $6 billion in CARES Act stimulus payments if they don’t file the required online form before October 15. We all have a...

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September 11, 2020

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

On health, Jessica Schubel and Jennifer Wagner reported that state Medicaid changes can improve...
Medicaid Enrollment Rising Steadily in COVID-19 Recession
September 10, 2020

With millions of Americans still not getting enough to eat during the COVID-19 crisis and recession, Congress’ return gives lawmakers the opportunity to boost SNAP (food stamps) and other nutrition benefits to help Americans put food on the table and help the...

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September 10, 2020

The harsh recession and deep state budget crisis triggered by COVID-19 are causing sizable public-sector job losses, especially in K-12 and higher education, the latest jobs data show. More large, flexible federal fiscal aid — which stalled in Congress even as the crisis intensified — is needed to reverse as many of these losses as possible and prevent new ones.

As of August, about 1.1...

State and Local Education Jobs Down Sharply Nationwide