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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.

Chart of the Week: State Funding for Higher Education Remains Far Below Pre-Recession Levels in Most States

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

Nevada could lose $250 million under Graham-Cassidy-Heller proposal, new report says
Nevada Independent
August 25, 2017

Report Examines State Funding Cuts
Inside Higher Ed
August 23, 2017

Tax Reform Could Help The Working Class. Republicans Don’t Seem Interested.
Huffington Post
August 23, 2017

Trump's Infrastructure Plan Is a Trainwreck
August 18, 2017

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