This week at CBPP, we focused on the federal budget and taxes, health, Social Security, housing, state budgets and taxes, and the economy.
On the federal budget and taxes, Isaac Shapiro, Richard Kogan, and Chloe Cho detailed how the House GOP Budget would cut programs aiding low- and moderate-income people by $2.9 trillion over a decade. Arloc Sherman cautioned that a 2018 funding bill approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee would underfund the Census Bureau and consequently shortchange many communities. Chye-Ching Huang noted that President Trump and congressional Republicans’ tax and budget policies would do little to help workers and small businesses.
On health, Sarah Lueck explained how ending cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments, as President Trump has threatened to do, would increase premiums, raise federal costs, and destabilize the insurance market. Lueck also pointed to new data showing that health insurance marketplaces are poised to grow stronger, as long as the CSR payments continue. Jessica Schubel clarified that Florida’s renewed Medicaid waiver won’t improve coverage or access to care. We updated our Sabotage Watch tracker.
On Social Security, Kathleen Romig explained the importance of understanding Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). We updated our SSDI chart book.
On housing, Will Fischer encouraged policymakers to focus housing policy on those with the greatest needs.
On state budgets and taxes, Michael Mazerov called for states to adopt a version of Colorado’s remote sales tax law.
On economy, we updated our chartbook on the legacy of the Great Recession.