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CBPP will take a break over the long Thanksgiving weekend, but we’ll be back on our regular schedule on Monday.  This week we focused on food assistance, federal taxes, housing, Social Security, state budgets and taxes, and the economy.

  • On food assistance, Brynne Keith-Jennings gave thanks to SNAP (formerly food stamps) for helping millions of Americans meet their basic food needs.
  • On federal taxes, Bryann DaSilva celebrated the effectiveness of working-family tax credits in supporting work and reducing poverty.
  • On housing, Will Fischer explained that expanding the “Moving to Work” program isn’t the right way to address housing needs.  Ehren Dohler cited last year’s increase in homelessness as evidence that policymakers need to do more to help low-income families afford housing.
  • On Social Security, Bryann DaSilva debunked key misconceptions about Social Security.
  • On state budgets and taxes, we updated our paper explaining that better information about the cost of spending- and tax-related proposals would help states make more informed decisions.
  • On the economy, we updated our chart book on the legacy of the Great Recession.

Chart of the Week: Social Security Dramatically Cuts Poverty Among Seniors

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

A win for working poor is a win for public safety
Louisville Courier Journal
November 23, 2015

Governors See the Benefits of Medicaid Expansion
Real Clear Policy
November 18, 2015

We’re Living Longer. That’s Great, Except for Social Security.
New York Times
November 17, 2015

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