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.