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Trump and Cruz Tax Cuts: Millionaires Gain Trillions While Low-, Middle-Income People Lose

April 28, 2016

At a time of exceptionally wide income inequality, the tax-cut proposals from Donald Trump and Ted Cruz would produce extremely large and unprecedented windfalls for people with at least $1 million a year in income, almost certainly at the expense of low- and middle-income households — to the tune of trillions of dollars — if budget cuts to pay for the tax cuts are taken into account, as we...

Tax Cuts Under Trump and Cruz Would Disproportionately Benefit Millionaires

House Republican Budget Cuts Low- and Moderate-Income Programs by Two-Fifths by 2026

March 28, 2016

The House Republican budget, which could come to the House floor in April, would prove especially harmful to low- and moderate-income families and individuals, cutting programs for such people by an unprecedented amount while taking a strikingly unbalanced approach to deficit reduction, as we explain in a ...

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Broadband Proposal Would Expand Opportunity for Low-Income Americans

March 11, 2016

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will vote March 31 on a new proposal from the FCC’s chairman and a fellow commissioner to expand broadband Internet access among low-income households.  It would modernize FCC’s “Lifeline” program, which provides low-income households with monthly subsidies to help...

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Ryan Work Disincentive Claim Doesn’t Square With New CBO Figures

December 4, 2015

House Speaker Paul Ryan argued yesterday that the safety net is “trapping people in poverty,” suggesting that a single mother with one child working at the minimum wage loses 80 or 90 cents in higher taxes and lower benefits for each additional dollar she earns.  He then called for...

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Block Grant Funding Falls Significantly Over Time, Data Show

November 20, 2015

Funding for housing, health, and social services block grants has fallen significantly over time, our study of recent decades shows.  As we explain in this new paper, the data provide a cautionary tale for proposals to merge large numbers of additional programs —...

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Even Without Sequestration, Non-Defense Spending Still Headed Toward Historic Low

October 8, 2015

Even if, through their budget discussions, the President and Congress provide $37 billion in sequestration relief for non-defense discretionary (NDD) programs next year — the most that any agreement would likely include — funding for these programs would still be low by historical standards.

An added $37 billion would eliminate all of the sequestration in NDD programs and restore the...

In Focus: Sequestration Relief Would Undo Only Part of Budget Cuts

BLS Cuts Would Leave Policymakers Without Needed Data

September 15, 2015

We’ve explained that House and Senate bills would seriously underfund core Census Bureau activities, potentially weakening the quality of data on which both the private and public sectors rely.  In a related matter, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) also faces a funding shortfall as...

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Today Marks Six Years Since Last Federal Minimum Wage Hike

July 24, 2015

Today marks six years since Washington last raised the minimum wage, to $7.25 per hour, and — as inflation has reduced its value over time — it continues to fall from an already low level relative to average wages in America.

In Focus: After Six Years of Inaction, Minimum Wage is Approaching Its Historic Low...

Congressional Budgets Would Ultimately Cut Programs for Low- or Moderate-Income People by About 40 Percent

March 24, 2015

As we’ve explained, more than two-thirds of cuts in the budget plans that the House and Senate will vote on this week come from low- and moderate-income programs, even though they represent less than one-quarter of federal program costs.  Now, let’s examine how deep those cuts would be.

In dollar terms, the...

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