This week at CBPP, we focused on the federal budget, food assistance, and state budgets and taxes.
On the federal budget, Arloc Sherman explained why adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census jeopardizes its accuracy and could trigger new costs.
On food assistance, Elizabeth Wolkomir pointed out that House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway can assuage fears that he’s considering harmful cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by releasing his proposal. Brynne Keith-Jennings showed how most adults who participate in SNAP move in and out of work.
On state budgets and taxes, Michael Leachman laid out how state tax cuts are a key factor in the Arizona and Oklahoma teacher pay crises. Samantha Waxman explained that Oklahoma’s supermajority requirement to raise revenues has stymied sensible tax reforms. We released a policy brief describing how states should respond to the federal tax cuts for “pass-through” business income.