This week at CBPP, we focused on the safety net, housing, state budgets and taxes, the federal budget and taxes, the economy, and health.
On the safety net, we excerpted Robert Greenstein’s testimony before a House Ways and Means subcommittee. We applauded an initiative the Federal Communications Commission is considering to increase broadband access among low-income households. Danilo Trisi noted that safety net programs cut the poverty rate nearly in half in 2014. We revised our quick guide to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program’s eligibility requirements and benefits.
On housing, Douglas Rice highlighted a new paper on research that reinforces the case for restoring the rest of the 100,000 Housing Choice Vouchers cut by sequestration. Will Fischer explained that expanding the Moving to Work demonstration may not increase work among participants in the housing voucher and public housing programs.
On state budgets and taxes, Michael Mitchell featured our interactive map on the rise in prison populations and spending in each state. Nicholas Johnson announced that we are now accepting applications for the 2016 class of State Policy Fellows