This week at CBPP, we focused on the federal budget and taxes, health care, food assistance, the economy, and family income support.
On the federal budget and taxes, Chye-Ching Huang analyzed how President Trump’s proposed tax plan would help the wealthy while hurting low- and middle-income families. Our new tax reform brief clarified that a tax break on multinational corporations’ foreign profits would not be the key to jobs and growth. We updated our backgrounder on three important budget concepts: deficits, debt, and interest.
On health care, Judith Solomon and Jessica Schubel cautioned that Medicaid waivers should further program objectives, not impose barriers to coverage and care. Shelby Gonzales warned that cutting funding for health insurance marketplace enrollment assistance and outreach will result in more people going uninsured and undermine efforts to improve market stability. We summarized how Medicaid provides people with disabilities with essential medical care and supportive services that help many remain in their homes and communities.
On food assistance, Elizabeth Wolkomir detailed how the U.S. Department of Agriculture is working to ensure those affected by Hurricane Harvey have access to food now and in the weeks to come. Wolkomir also described how SNAP’s (formerly food stamps) public-private partnership helps families afford a basic diet, generates business for retailers, and helps local economies. Brynne Keith-Jennings pointed to our new fact sheets that illustrate how SNAP helps low-wage workers in every state.
On the economy, Isaac Shapiro explained that despite President Trump’s pro-worker rhetoric, his agenda would undercut workers’ wages, health, and financial security. We updated our chart book on the legacy of the Great Recession.
On family income support, LaDonna Pavetti noted that the denial of Ohio’s request for a Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program waiver continues the Trump Administration’s attack on work programs.