On food assistance, Zoë Neuberger testified before the Senate Agriculture Committee on improving accuracy in the school meal programs. She also highlighted our new paper showing that WIC is a cost-effective investment to improve the health of low-income mothers and children. Our fact sheets point out some of WIC’s benefits.
On housing, Douglas Rice referenced two groundbreaking studies showing long-term gains for children whose families move to better neighborhoods. He also explained why expanding housing vouchers can help moms raise their children in safer, higher-opportunity areas. Alicia Mazzara summarized our updated state fact sheets on federal rental assistance and housing vouchers.
On the safety net, Arloc Sherman unveiled a new CBPP analysis finding that the safety net is even more effective at reducing poverty and deep poverty than previously thought. Kathy Ruffing listed key facts from our report showing that Social Security benefits are quite modest.
On state budgets and taxes, Michael Mazerov rebutted the claim that economists all recommend shifting states’ revenue mix away from income taxes and toward sales taxes.
On the federal budget and taxes, Robert Greenstein and Richard Kogan listed ten serious flaws in the congressional budget plan that the Senate approved this week. Bryann DaSilva highlighted new fact sheets showing that 21 million mothers and 13 million fathers benefit from the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit, powerful tools to promote work and reduce poverty.
On health reform, Jesse Cross-Call pointed out that 1.8 million uninsured non-elderly women are caught in a “coverage gap” in states that haven’t adopted health reform’s Medicaid expansion.
Chart of the Week – Just One Reason Why WIC Works: