This week at CBPP, we focused on the federal budget and taxes, state budgets and taxes, health reform, the safety net, and housing.
On the federal budget and taxes, we excerpted David Reich’s new analysis of a House bill that would further cut infrastructure funding. Joel Friedman urged lawmakers to drop a funding gimmick aimed at boosting defense spending and seek sequestration relief for both domestic and defense programs. Arloc Sherman joined with Andrew Biggs of the American Enterprise Institute to urge lawmakers to adequately fund the Census Bureau. We posted an overview of the congressional 2016 budget plan, updated our paper on ten serious flaws in the plan, and updated our chart book on the legacy of the Great Recession.
On state budgets and taxes, Michael Leachman explained why North Carolina’s tax cuts aren’t the economic boon that some claim and showed that the states with the largest tax cuts have experienced weak economic growth. Liz McNichol pointed to a new report from The Volcker Alliance on ways to improve state budgeting.
On health reform, Edwin Park explained why the Republican Study Committee’s health reform bill would add millions to the uninsured and underinsured. He and Sarah Lueck detailed the ill effects of a health reform plan from Senator Ron Johnson. Also, Lueck described how Senator Bill Cassidy’s health plan would add to the ranks of the uninsured, while Park laid out how the plan would encourage tax sheltering.
On the safety net, LaDonna Pavetti emphasized the positive role of SNAP (formerly food stamps) in helping low-income families climb the economic ladder. We highlighted a TalkPoverty.org feature with CBPP’s Jared Bernstein and Erica Williams on 10 ways to reduce poverty and inequality.
On housing, Will Fischer explained why basing voucher subsidies on rents in local neighborhoods would make vouchers more efficient and effective.
CBPP's Chart of the Week: Biggest Tax-Cutting States Show Weak Growth