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This week at CBPP, we focused on the federal budget and taxes, health, family income support, food assistance, and the economy.

  • On the federal budget and taxes, Robert Greenstein, Elaine Maag of the Urban Institute, Chye-Ching Huang, Emily Horton, and Chloe Cho detailed how the Child Tax Credit (CTC) could be improved for very low-income families. Horton highlighted how strengthening the CTC would reduce poverty and improve opportunity. Paul N. Van de Water warned that cutting billions of dollars in non-defense spending would renege on the recent bipartisan budget deal.
  • On health, Jessica Schubel explained how Medicaid helps schools help children. We released a brief on how Medicaid work requirements will harm children.
  • On family income support, Liz Schott, Ife Floyd, and Ashley Burnside detailed how states use funds under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant, and they summarized these findings in a policy brief. We also released state-by-state fact sheets on how each state has spent these TANF funds. LaDonna Pavetti showed that evidence doesn’t support the claims that TANF work requirements have been a success. Floyd, Schott, and Pavetti analyzed how under President Trump’s 2019 budget, TANF would likely provide fewer families with cash assistance and work opportunities.
  • On food assistance, we updated our database, report, and state-by-state fact sheets detailing SNAP’s (food stamps) important public-private partnership with retailers across the country.
  • On the economy, we updated our backgrounder on how many weeks of unemployment compensation are available and our chart book on the legacy of the Great Recession.

Chart of the Week – Historic Gains in Children’s and Parents’ Health Coverage Occurred in Tandem

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

What striking teachers teach us
Washington Post
April 4, 2018

Sagging school funding fuels U.S. teacher protests
April 4, 2018

This Immigration Proposal Could Put 670,000 Children At Risk Of Poverty
Huffington Post
April 4, 2018

Iowa governor signs law allowing health plans that skirt ACA
Associated Press
April 2, 2018

Why Teachers’ Strikes Are Becoming a Nationwide Movement
Wall Street Journal
April 1, 2018

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