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May 29, 2015 at 4:00 PM
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This week at CBPP, we focused on the federal budget and taxes, state budgets and taxes, and unemployment insurance.

  • On the federal budget and taxes, Robert Greenstein explained why raising the minimum wage and expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit are complementary ways to help low-income workers, not alternatives.
  • On state budgets and taxes, Michael Mitchell lauded the Louisiana House-approved budget for raising revenues to avoid further cuts in higher education.
  • On unemployment insurance (UI), Michael Leachman explained that most states that have cut the number of weeks of UI benefits since the Great Recession seriously underfunded their UI systems before the recession.  We also updated our backgrounders on UI and how many weeks of UI are available per state.

Chart of the Week – Why Louisiana’s Proposed Revenue Measures Are Welcome News:

A variety of news outlets featured CBPP’s work and experts recently. Here are some highlights:

Senate, Baker at odds over how to help low-income workers
Boston Globe
May 27, 2015

Despite An Economy On The Rise, American Paychecks Remain Stuck
NPR
May 26, 2015

What the evidence says about tax cuts
Akron Beacon Journal
May 25, 2015

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