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September 23, 2016 at 3:45 PM
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This week at CBPP, we focused on housing, health care, the safety net, Social Security, and state budgets and taxes.

  • On housing, Will Fischer and Barbara Sard explained that a congressional proposal to deregulate small public housing agencies wouldn’t improve federal rental assistance.  Sard also testified before a House subcommittee on ways to increase efficiencies for housing vouchers and promote upward mobility.
  • On health care, Edwin Park showed why addressing Puerto Rico’s Medicaid funding shortfalls would promote fiscal stability and growth.  Hannah Katch detailed a new Department of Health and Human Services rule on family planning funds that would expand access to essential health services.
  • On the safety net, Arloc Sherman highlighted a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics on the safety net’s contribution to children’s health and development.
  • On Social Security, Kathleen Romig cautioned that a House proposal for further cuts to the Social Security Administration would worsen customer service and weaken program integrity.
  • On state budgets and taxes, Elizabeth McNichol listed reasons why spending caps aren’t an effective way to cut spending or boost economic growth and can have damaging consequences.

Chart of the week: Moving with Voucher to Lower-Poverty Neighborhoods While Young Children Improves Key Adult Outcomes

 

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

Census retreats from report showing stagnant rural incomes
Washington Post
September 20, 2016

Why So Many Poor Americans Don’t Get Help Paying For Housing
FiveThirtyEight
September 16, 2016

Actually, Income in Rural America Is Growing, Too
New York Times
September 16, 2016

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