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

  • On state budget and tax , Michael Leachman, Michael Mitchell, Nicholas Johnson, and Erica Williams underlined ways that states can use state tax policy to advance racial equity. We also summarized these findings: the report’s authors with an executive summary, and Leachman with a blog post.
  • On health, Anna Bailey and Judith Solomon noted that Medicaid work requirements don’t protect people with disabilities, which is yet another way the requirements are at odds with Medicaid’s objectives. Shelby Gonzales explained that consumers seeking marketplace coverage should not fear the “public charge” rule. Jennifer Wagner emphasized that another 3,815 Arkansans lost Medicaid in November due to rigid work requirements.
  • On family income support, LaDonna Pavetti pointed to studies showing the harm that work requirement proposals would do to millions while doing little to increase work. Arloc Sherman showed that work requirements fueled a rise in deep poverty.
  • On the federal budget and taxes, Richard Kogan, Paul N. Van De Water, and Yixuan Huang found that while the long-term budget outlook has improved considerably since 2010, it remains challenging. Van de Water illustrated how the 2017 tax law heightens the need for more revenues. We also updated our backgrounder on non-defense discretionary programs.

Chart of the Week – Wealthiest 10 Percent of White Households Own Two-Thirds of U.S. Wealth

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

Protect SNAP to help thousands of Alabama veterans make ends meet
Montgomery Advertiser
November 15, 2018

Obamacare early enrollment rate drops in first sign-up season since GOP changes
November 14, 2018

There’s More Evidence That Welfare Work Requirements Don’t Lift People Out of Poverty
New York Magazine
November 13, 2018

Housing-Voucher Recipients Get Help Moving to Better Neighborhoods
Wall Street Journal
November 10, 2018

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