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February 23, 2018 at 3:00 PM

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

  • On the federal budget, Kathleen Romig explained how President Trump’s proposed 2019 budget would hurt older Americans and people with disabilities. We detailed how the Trump budget would hurt struggling families and shortchange national needs. We also rounded up our blog posts on the recent bipartisan budget deal.
  • On state budgets and taxes, we explained that big cuts in state income taxes aren’t yielding the promised benefits.
  • On health, Judith Solomon found that locking people out of Medicaid coverage will increase the number of uninsured and harm beneficiaries’ health. Sarah Lueck explained that President Trump’s proposal to expand short-term health plans would harm consumers; we updated our Sabotage Watch tracker with an entry on the proposal. Jesse Cross-Call warned that the tobacco surcharge in Indiana’s Medicaid waiver won’t likely help smokers quit. We explained how Medicaid work requirements will harm older Americans. Jessica Schubel noted that President Trump missed an opportunity to propose reauthorizing the Money Follows the Person demonstration in his 2019 budget.
  • On housing, Will Fischer explained that allowing work requirements in federal rental assistance programs would harm families and many workers.
  • On food assistance, we updated our chart book showing how SNAP (formerly food stamps) helps struggling families put food on the table.
  • On poverty and inequality, Chad Stone, Danilo Trisi, Arloc Sherman, and Roderick Taylor updated our guide to statistics on historical trends in income inequality.

Chart of the Week – SNAP Kept Millions of People Above Poverty Line in 2015


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

The Trump administration takes its first big step toward stricter work requirements for food stamps
The Washington Post
February 22, 2018

America’s 3 infrastructure problems
February 22, 2018

Wisconsin welfare reform could be model for GOP
The Hill
February 21, 2018

Why a Republican Plan for Paid Leave Has Stirred Concern About Social Security
The New York Times
February 20, 2018

Trump's Short-Term, Limited Health Insurance Proposal is the Latest Obamacare Setback
February 20, 2018

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