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This week at CBPP, we focused on Social Security Disability Insurance, climate change, poverty and inequality, state budgets and taxes, the economy, food assistance, and health reform.

  • On Disability Insurance (DI), we excerpted CBPP President Robert Greenstein’s speech to the SSDI Solutions Initiative conference.  Kathleen Romig explained why policymakers should replenish the DI trust fund by reallocating payroll tax revenue instead of borrowing.  Kathy Ruffing laid out exactly how difficult it is to qualify for DI.
  • On climate change, Chad Stone described how the President’s new climate plan gives states the flexibility they need to meet carbon emissions standards.
  • On poverty and inequality, Arloc Sherman highlighted new studies on children’s brain development underscoring the importance of anti-poverty policies.
  • On state budgets and taxes, Michael Leachman lauded a campaign in Massachusetts to raise taxes on the state’s highest income earners.
  • On the economy, Chad Stone previewed the July jobs report.
  • On food assistance, we posted a new report showing that per-participant costs and the number of participants in the WIC nutrition program are remarkably stable.
  • On health reform, Jesse Cross-Call highlighted the greater coverage and state savings from adopting health reform’s Medicaid expansion.

CBPP’s Chart of the Week: Recent Reallocations Led to Today’s Underfunding of Disability Insurance

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

Social Security Disability Program Scrutinized by House GOP
CQ Roll Call
August 5, 2015

Tax filing problems could jeopardize health law aid for 1.8M
Associated Press
August 4, 2015

Why teachers can’t hotfoot it out of Kansas fast enough
Washington Post
August 2, 2015

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