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July 19, 2019

This week at CBPP, we focused on the federal budget, health, Social Security, and the economy.

On the federal budget, Richard Kogan urged policymakers to agree on a budget deal, which is needed to protect key investments. On health, Matt Broaddus...
No Relationship Between State Unemployment Rate Declines and Medicaid/Chip Enrollment Declines
July 17, 2019

Policymakers should reach agreement on lifting the annual caps on total defense and non-defense funding before they leave for their August recess, so they can complete the appropriations bills in a timely way this fall — without the brinkmanship and uncertainty that can disrupt important government services. Freezing funding at 2019 levels, as some suggest, would shortchange non-defense...

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July 12, 2019

The past couple weeks at CBPP, we focused on health, the federal budget and taxes, state budgets and taxes, food assistance, family income support, housing, and the economy.

On health, Aviva Aron-Dine warned that President Trump’s...
Six States Expanded Their Earned Income Tax Credits in 2019
July 12, 2019

Restrictions that the federal and state governments imposed in the 1990s on the nation’s main cash assistance program for low-income mothers and their children are associated with negative behaviors in adolescent youth, especially boys, says a study we discussed in ...

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July 12, 2019

Our new video series featuring low-wage workers in Maine affected by the three-month limit on SNAP (food stamp) benefits shows why losing SNAP can make it harder to get a job and rise out of poverty.

In most states, adults ages 18-50 who aren’t disabled and don’t have a minor child in their household...

SNAP & The 3-Month Limit: Lessons Learned from Maine: Thomas Ptacek
July 11, 2019

Alaska’s legislature is convening this week to debate whether to override Governor Mike Dunleavy’s vetoes of more than $400 million (about 10 percent of state spending) from the budget — 85 percent...

State Legislative Chamber
July 11, 2019

The House Energy and Commerce Committee plans to mark up a bill today that would prevent the U.S. territories (American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands) from running out of Medicaid money when...

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July 10, 2019

The Trump Administration is encouraging states to pursue “1332” waivers that would weaken health coverage and likely raise consumer costs by letting states depart from some Affordable Care Act (ACA) standards and requirements. But so far, no state has submitted a 1332 waiver proposal...

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July 9, 2019

Six of the 29 states (plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico) with Earned Income Tax Credits (EITCs) are expanding them this year, which will help low-paid workers and their families meet basic needs. (See map.) These expansions will supplement the federal EITC’s...

Six States Expanded Their Earned Income Tax Credits in 2019
July 9, 2019

States from Hawaii to Connecticut responded to extreme wealth concentration this year by expanding taxes on the assets of the very wealthy — such as stocks, bonds, real estate, boats, and jewelry — while closing loopholes and ending other special tax benefits that shield many of these assets from state and local taxes.

These taxes are important because America’s wealth is concentrated...

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