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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
  • On the federal budget and taxes, Chuck Marr explained why privatization is the wrong approach to the IRS’s tax collection efforts.  Michael Leachman listed four imprudent fiscal provisions that an interstate compact would write into the U.S. Constitution.  We updated our chart books on the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit and non-defense discretionary programs.
  • On the economy, Chad Stone outlined what to look for in the October jobs report.  We updated our chart book on the legacy of the Great Recession.
  • On health, Edwin Park warned that a Medicaid per capita cap would shift large costs to states and almost certainly lead to substantial cuts.

Chart of the Week: Housing Vouchers Benefit Homeless Families with Children in Several Ways

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

4 Things to Like in the Budget Deal
U.S. News & World Report
November 6, 2015

If You're Not Saving for Retirement or a Rainy Day, Then myRA Should Be yourRA
Huffington Post
November 5, 2015

US States Adopting ‘Inclusive’ Immigration Reform Seeing Improvements in Economy, Education, Workforce
Latin Post
November 2, 2015

Applications for the State Policy Fellowship Program are now open.

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