This week at CBPP, we focused on state budgets and taxes, health care, the federal budget and taxes, food assistance, family income support, and Social Security.
On state budgets and taxes, Michael Mitchell, Michael Leachman, and Kathleen Masterson released their annual report on state higher education funding, which documents the cuts in almost every state since the recession and explains how they hurt students, families, and state economies. Mitchell summarized these findings, highlighting states with the most severe cuts. We updated our backgrounder on how state earned income tax credits help working families struggling on low wages make ends meet.
On health care, Matt Broaddus and Edwin Park explained that the Cassidy-Graham health care plan would deeply cut health coverage funding for all states and take coverage away from tens of millions of people.
On the federal budget and taxes, we issued a tax reform brief explaining how President Trump’s proposed corporate tax cut would mostly benefit shareholders and CEOs, not workers. We also updated our backgrounder on the federal budget process.
On food assistance, Brynne Keith-Jennings pointed to the continuing decline in SNAP (formerly food stamp) caseloads and costs.
On family income support, Ife Floyd warned that as the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families block grant ages, its performance as a safety net and work program worsens.
On Social Security, Kathy Ruffing debunked the claim that the increase in Social Security Disability Insurance beneficiaries has caused a decline in labor-force participation.