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December 20, 2018

The incoming Congress should give the IRS the funds to restore its ability to adequately collect revenue, a basic government function. IRS underfunding since 2010 has led to two concerning, related trends, as ProPublica reports: a significant decline in audit rates, especially among large corporations and high-income...

Sharp Decline in Audit Rates for Large Corporations and High-Income Filers
December 18, 2018

President Trump’s vow to shut down the government if Congress doesn’t provide his border-wall funding threatens many important policies that lawmakers of both parties have hammered out in recent months — especially if it prompts them to fund the government through continuing resolutions (CRs) rather than regular appropriations bills.

A shutdown would only affect part of the federal...

Budget Plans - Chartbook
August 27, 2018

The federal government is responsible for conducting a fair and accurate census every ten years, but that’s in jeopardy for 2020: inadequate and delayed funding and the Commerce Secretary’s last-minute decision to add an untested citizenship question will both likely reduce participation. Therefore, states can and should take steps now to help ensure a successful count — that is, one...

15 States Have Taken Action Towards a Complete 2020 Census Count
June 29, 2018

The Senate Appropriations Committee-approved 2019 budget for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) would further weaken the agency’s ability to serve taxpayers and enforce the 2017 tax law. At $11.3 billion, the committee’s proposed level for the IRS is below the...

 IRS Funding Has Fallen Sharply, Is Targeted For Deeper Cuts In Senate Committee Bill
June 26, 2018

Newly revised CBPP reports show that two main Republican arguments for deep cuts to programs for low-income Americans — that program growth across the federal budget is driving the nation’s fiscal problems and that programs for people of low or modest incomes are mushrooming in cost — don’t survive scrutiny.

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Low-Income Expenditures Outside Health Care Set to Fall Below Average of Last 40 Years
June 12, 2018

As I noted in March, the Trump Administration’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census will likely make the count less accurate and costlier.  A newly released internal memo shows...

Columns on Building
May 16, 2018

A rescission bill from House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy would cut $38.8 million from the public housing capital fund, which helps more than 2 million seniors, people with disabilities, children, and other vulnerable people live in decent, safe, and sanitary housing. These funds also give public...

Apartment Complex
May 16, 2018

The House Transportation, Housing and Urban Development appropriations subcommittee will consider this afternoon its fiscal year 2019 funding bill, which includes $50 million for a new Housing Choice Voucher mobility demonstration. Building on...

Moving with Voucher to Lower-Poverty Neighborhoods While Young Children Improves Key Adult Outcomes
April 26, 2018

President Trump reportedly plans soon to propose cuts in “mandatory benefit programs” in a package of spending cuts known as “rescissions.” He’s surely free to do so. But the Congressional Research Service (CRS) and Government Accountability Office (GAO) agree that the special procedural advantages that...

Stack of Bills
April 25, 2018

Lawmakers of both parties have criticized the Administration’s announcement that President Trump will soon ask Congress to cut (or “rescind”) funding that policymakers have previously enacted for appropriated programs, arguing that would undermine the recent bipartisan deal to fund the government for 2018 and 2019. The President...

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