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.