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May 24, 2019

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

On health, Aviva Aron-Dine and Matt Broaddus explained that a Trump Administration proposal to

Administration’s Proposal to Lower Federal Poverty Line Would Lower Eligibility Cut-Offs or Cut Benefits for Many Health, Nutrition, and Other Basic Assistance Programs
May 22, 2019

The fiscal year 2020 funding bill that a House subcommittee released today would invest substantial additional resources to help low-income families that struggle with the high cost of housing. Overall, the bill would raise Department of Housing and...

Apartment Building
May 22, 2019

Lawmakers in Connecticut, Minnesota, and Vermont are considering raising taxes on capital gains —profits from selling an asset that has gained value, such as stock, real estate, or artwork — while New Mexico this year scaled back a tax break for capital gains. Historically, wealthy (mainly white) individuals used their political power to shape state tax policies in ways that largely benefit...

Capital Gains Go Overwhelmingly to Wealthy Families
May 21, 2019

The Senate is expected to vote this week on a disaster relief bill restoring food aid to Puerto Rico, among other crucial assistance for the Commonwealth during its ongoing...

Puerto Rico on a map
May 21, 2019

The IRS reported yesterday that it audited fewer millionaires and large corporations in fiscal year 2018 than the previous year, continuing a multi-year decline. Since 2010, the President and Congress have cut IRS funding substantially, causing workforce reductions and shortages of top auditors who have the expertise to review...

Audit Rate for Millionaires Has Dropped Steeply Since 2010
May 17, 2019

This week at CBPP, we focused on the federal budget and taxes, health, full employment, state budgets and taxes, housing, and the economy.

On the federal budget and taxes, Javier Balmaceda urged the Senate to act quickly to restore needed food...
Puerto Rico EITC Modest Compared to Federal EITC
May 16, 2019

Sixty-five years after the landmark Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka decision that found racial segregation in schools unconstitutional, families and education advocates are still suing to compel states to uphold their education funding obligations. But policymakers could avoid court disputes altogether by ensuring the proper level and distribution of money in their K-12 budgets...

Children using computers
May 16, 2019

The Senate still hasn’t approved emergency disaster relief legislation, keeping more than a million Americans who live in Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories without much-needed health and food aid. While negotiations to finalize the Senate’s disaster bill reportedly are making progress, the Senate must...

Puerto Rico
May 16, 2019

The House, which last week voted to block Trump Administration guidance weakening standards for state Affordable Care Act (ACA) waivers, is expected to vote today on a bill reversing the Administration’s expansions of substandard health plans and cuts to outreach and enrollment assistance. Here are our recent pieces on some of the major issues involved.

Expanding Skimpy Short-...

The Capitol
May 15, 2019

Millions of low-paid workers in Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, and New Mexico will soon have higher wages and a better shot at economic success thanks to new state minimum wage increases.

In Focus: Wages for Low-Paid Workers Nearly Same as 40 Years Ago