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This week at CBPP, we focused on family income support, health, and federal taxes.

  • On family income support, Ashley Burnside and Ife Floyd updated their analysis of state benefit levels in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, which remain low despite recent increases. Burnside identified the 15 states raising TANF benefits in 2018-2019 but noted that all states need to make benefits more adequate. Floyd noted that black families are likelier than white families to live in states with low benefit levels.

  • On health, Jessica Schubel and Kyle Hayes warned that Michigan’s Medicaid waiver proposal would undermine the state’s successful Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act.

  • On federal taxes, we updated our tax briefs on the fundamental flaws of the 2017 tax law, including that it shrinks revenue when more is needed, is tilted toward the wealthy and corporations, and invites rampant tax sheltering and gaming.

Chart of the Week – More Than Half of Black People Live in States With Little TANF Assistance

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

Trump’s New Pledge to Cut Taxes May Follow a Familiar Path
New York Times
October 24, 2018

More students push up housing costs in Flagstaff, Arizona
October 22, 2018

Trump says there’s another tax cut on the way. We have no idea what he’s talking about.
October 21, 2018

Republicans Embrace A Policy They Said Obama Used To ‘Gut Welfare Reform’
October 19, 2018

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