This week at CBPP, we focused on state budgets and taxes, health care, poverty and opportunity, climate change, and the economy.
On state budgets and taxes, Elizabeth McNichol highlighted a new paper from the Economic Policy Institute showing that the income gap between the richest and poorest families has grown in every state since the late 1970s, and she listed three steps states can take to push back against the rising inequality. Michael Leachman cautioned that a proposed constitutional amendment in North Carolina to cap the state’s income tax is fiscally irresponsible and would shift more of the cost of public services onto low- and middle-income people.
On health care, Judith Solomon warned that Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin’s proposed changes to the state's Medicaid expansion would cause beneficiaries to lose their dental and vision coverage. Jesse Cross-Call detailed the benefits of Louisiana’s Medicaid expansion, which took effect July 1.
On poverty and opportunity, we rounded up our analyses of the poverty and health care proposals that Speaker Paul Ryan and other House Republican leaders released in June.
On climate change, Chad Stone described how current coal-leasing policies on federal land fail key economics tests.
On the economy, we updated our chart book on the legacy of the Great Recession.