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Center Signs On To Help 5 Million Kids Gain Health Insurance

September 3, 2010

The Center on Budget & Policy Priorities is one of sixteen organizations participating in Connecting Kids to Coverage, a five-year public-private campaign launched this February by Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to help the five million uninsured children who are eligible for Medicaid or CHIP to enroll in coverage.

Must-Read: “Bring Back the Estate Tax Now” in WSJ

September 1, 2010

In today’s Wall Street Journal, Robert Rubin and Julian Robertson make some compelling arguments for restoring the federal estate tax (in “Bring Back the Estate Tax Now”).

Q & A: Upcoming Debate on Middle-Class and High-Income Tax Cuts

August 31, 2010

Today we sat down with Chuck Marr, Director of Federal Tax Policy at the Center, to discuss the debate about taxes that will take center stage when Congress returns after Labor Day.

In Case You Missed It…

August 27, 2010

This week on Off the Charts, we discussed the economy, why President Bush’s tax cuts for high-income households should expire on schedule, the tough budget choices states are making, Social Security, and the health reform law.

No Bailout Needed for Social Security

August 26, 2010

To correct some recent stories suggesting that Social Security faces deep and immediate financial problems, a new report from our colleague Kathy Ruffing outlines the program’s outlook over the short and long term. Here’s the summary:

Greenstein & Podesta: “Bush tax cuts for the rich must go”

August 25, 2010

Robert Greenstein, the Center’s executive director, and John Podesta, president and CEO of the Center for American Progress, explain why President Bush’s tax cuts for the wealthy should expire on schedule in December in this op-ed published in the Financial Times:

Q & A: State Budget Crisis Continues Despite Surpluses

August 24, 2010

Today we sat down with Senior Fellow, Liz McNichol, to discuss why some states have ended their fiscal year with budgets in the black even as the state budget crisis continues.

Joint Opinion Piece: “New insurance program for long-term care holds great possibilities and challenges”

August 23, 2010

Our colleague, Paul Van de Water, is on vacation, but we wanted to highlight a new piece from him; Judith Feder, professor of public policy at Georgetown University and senior fellow at the Center for American Progress; and Harriet L. Komisar, senior research analyst at The Hilltop Institute of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. It’s on the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports Act (CLASS), a new federal long-term-care insurance program that is part of the health reform law. It’s featured in the most recent special report of The American Prospect magazine:

In Case You Missed It…

August 20, 2010

This week on Off the Charts, we discussed the deficit, state-level public services, and how Social Security helps alleviate poverty.

Must-Read: "With tax vote, Republicans fail in their attempt to appear fiscally responsible"

August 20, 2010

Today's lead editorial in the Washington Post warns that a recent Senate vote on extending all of the Bush tax cuts is a "chilling sign of what a number of lawmakers believe passes for fiscal responsibility."