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July 10, 2020

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

On the federal budget, Chye-Ching Huang and Chuck Marr explained that states’ failed attempts to reopen their economies before bringing COVID-19 under control highlight the urgent need to

July 8, 2020

As policymakers consider what could be the last COVID-19 relief package this year, they should respond to the alarming rise in the number of children who aren’t getting enough to eat by increasing SNAP (food stamp) benefits, which would minimize COVID-19’s lasting impact on a generation of children.

Policymakers, including Senate Majority Leader...

Children’s Food Need Has Risen Sharply During COVID-19
July 6, 2020

Contrary to suggestions by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and others, borrowing isn’t a viable substitute for the substantial...

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July 2, 2020

This week at CBPP, we focused on health, state budgets and taxes, federal taxes, the economy, and family income support.

On health, Paul N. Van de Water cited the benefits of a proposed Senate bill that would provide added federal Medicaid...
July 2, 2020

As federal policymakers consider another package to address the deep economic downturn, one of the most effective steps would be to provide substantial federal grants to help states address their huge revenue shortfalls, as the House-passed Heroes Act would do. That would help states and localities avoid cuts in services and investments that would worsen racial inequities — as my colleague...

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July 1, 2020

Federal policymakers should substantially increase the federal share of Medicaid costs to help prevent states from cutting payments to health care providers, which would likely hurt Medicaid patients and could threaten the sustainability of the health care workforce during the public health and economic crises.

Many health care providers that serve Medicaid enrollees are already losing...

Federal Medicaid Boost in Great Recession Helped Avert Medicaid Cuts
July 1, 2020

Unless federal policymakers provide enough aid to states, localities, territories, and tribal governments to offset all or nearly all of their massive revenue losses due to the pandemic, the longstanding inequities from historic and ongoing racism and discrimination — which have left Black and brown communities most harmed by COVID-19 and the economic crisis — will only worsen from the deep...

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June 30, 2020

Policymakers gave the IRS additional funds in the CARES Act of March, acknowledging that the agency is playing a critical role in responding to today’s economic crisis by delivering ...

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June 29, 2020

Some policymakers are considering whether to make certain business tax credits temporarily refundable — that is, available to firms that don’t have enough taxable income to otherwise qualify — saying that would give cash to struggling small...

Research Credits Mainly Benefit Large Corporations
June 29, 2020

The House is expected to vote today on a bill that would lead 4 million people to gain health coverage, the Congressional Budget Office estimates, while making coverage more affordable for at least 13 million more, likely benefiting well over 17 million people in total. The Patient Protection...

House Bill Would Make Marketplace Coverage More Affordable