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February 2, 2018 at 4:00 PM

This week at CBPP, we focused on the federal budget, state budgets and taxes, health, food assistance, housing, Social Security, and the economy.

  • On the federal budget, Jacob Leibenluft posed three key questions that should be asked about the Trump infrastructure plan.
  • On state budgets and taxes, Elizabeth McNichol explained why it’s time for states to invest in school construction and repair.
  • On health, Kyle Hayes laid out why Medicaid work requirements would undermine the program’s ability to help vulnerable communities. Jesse Cross-Call explained why Indiana’s Medicaid expansion waiver, which the Department of Health and Human Services has extended, will hurt the state’s Medicaid beneficiaries.
  • On food assistance, Brynne Keith-Jennings found that SNAP benefits are linked to better health throughout life, with all age groups seeing benefits.
  • On housing, Will Fischer detailed why infrastructure plans should invest in affordable housing.
  • On Social Security, we released a new fact sheet on Supplemental Security Income.
  • On the economy, Olivier Coibion, Yuriy Gorodnichenko, and Mauricio Ulate argued that the Fed’s outlook on the real-time estimates of potential gross domestic product are too optimistic. Olivier Blanchard reacted to this assessment. We updated our Policy Basic on unemployment compensation.

Chart of the Week – Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Serves 1.2 Million Low-Income Children With Disabilities


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

Trump’s Big Infrastructure Plan Now Looks Like Bait And Switch
Huffington Post
January 30, 2018

What Happens to People Who Fail Work Requirements?
January 30, 2018

Moody’s warns that lackluster state support will strain public university budgets
Washington Post
January 30, 2018

Yes, this nation needs a real infrastructure plan. No, that’s not what President Trump offered tonight.
Washington Post
January 30, 2018

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