This week at CBPP, we focused on the federal budget, state budgets and taxes, food assistance, housing, health care, and poverty and inequality.
On the federal budget, Robert Greenstein and Joel Friedman explained why balancing the budget over ten years and with no new revenue are flawed goals.
On state budgets and taxes, Elizabeth McNichol urged states to make needed infrastructure investments without taking funds from other priorities, like schools and health care.
On food assistance, Dottie Rosenbaum highlighted our updated report on the decline in SNAP (food stamp) caseloads and costs as the economy improves.
On housing, Barbara Sard supported the conclusion of Matthew Desmond’s new book, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, that we should do more to help low-income families afford housing. Ife Floyd pointed out that Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, the main cash assistance program for poor families, covers only a fraction of their housing costs.
On health care, Jesse Cross-Call explained why Oklahoma likely won’t get federal approval for its plan to end Medicaid coverage for 110,000 low-income parents.
On poverty and inequality, Isaac Shapiro applauded a new proposal to expand broadband Internet access among low-income households. Arloc Sherman highlighted an American Academy of Pediatrics statement on poverty’s harsh toll on children.