This week at CBPP, we focused on food assistance, the federal budget and taxes, Social Security, housing, state budgets and taxes, health, and the economy.
On food assistance, Richard Kogan and Dottie Rosenbaum described how Congress can protect recipients of SNAP (formerly food stamps) and the child nutrition programs from losing benefits due to failures in the appropriation process.
On the federal budget and taxes, Bryann DaSilva explained that 1 million veteran and military households will lose some or all of their working-family tax credits if policymakers don’t act. Chuck Marr commended seven former IRS commissioners who spoke out against IRS funding cuts. Chad Stone excerpted his post for U.S. News & World Report on the misleading claim that U.S. corporations are taxed much more than their international competitors.
On Social Security, Kathleen Romig highlighted our new analysis of Census data that found Social Security lifted 21 million people out of poverty in 2014.
On housing, Douglas Rice and Barbara Sard explained how Housing Choice Vouchers can do more to help children grow up in safer, low-poverty neighborhoods with good schools.
On state budgets and taxes, Michael Leachman described why North Carolina’s tax cuts shouldn’t be mistaken for “tax reform,” let alone serve as a model for other states.
On health, Jesse Cross-Call noted that nearly 120,000 poor veterans don’t have access to affordable health coverage because they live in states that haven’t adopted health reform’s Medicaid expansion. Shelby Gonzales highlighted a paper showing that children in households lacking adequate access to food are more likely to be in poor health.
On the economy, we updated our chart book on the legacy of the Great Recession.