This week at CBPP, we focused on the federal budget, state budgets and taxes, health, food assistance, housing, and the economy.
On the federal budget, David Reich explained why restricting the use of certain savings known as "CHIMPs" (for CHanges In Mandatory Programs) would backtrack on the bipartisan budget deal and shortchange non-defense programs.
On state budgets and taxes, Elizabeth McNichol detailed why weaker unions could mean more income inequality in states. Michael Mazerov argued that Oregon should retain its international tax-haven law.
On health, Judith Solomon pointed out that Arkansas’ harsh Medicaid work requirement would jeopardize recent progress under the Affordable Care Act. Jessica Schubel warned that Kentucky’s Medicaid waiver would give the state unprecedented power to raise premiums and impose fines. Jesse Cross-Call explained that Alabama’s Medicaid proposal would cause thousands to lose their coverage and wouldn’t encourage work.
Aviva Aron-Dine argued that proposals to stabilize the individual insurance market should avoid raising costs for consumers and address the greatest risks to the market. Solomon analyzed a recent Government Accountability Office report finding that state evaluations of Medicaid waivers lack key data.
We released a new Medicaid brief on how work requirements would harm people with mental health conditions, as well as an interactive map showing state and local projects to integrate health and housing assistance.
On food assistance, Elizabeth Wolkomir explored the ways that SNAP (formerly food stamps) could better serve the formerly incarcerated. Wolkomir and Lexin Cai updated their paper on SNAP’s earnings incentives.
On housing, Alicia Mazzara showed how President Trump’s plan to raise minimum rents on the poorest households would put nearly a million children at risk of homelessness.
On the economy, Mark Paul, William Darity, Jr., and Darrick Hamilton detailed their proposal for a federal job guarantee to achieve permanent full employment.