For the first weeks of 2019 at CBPP, we focused on the government shutdown, health, housing, federal taxes, and the economy.
Robert Greenstein released a statement urging policymakers to end the partial government shutdown as its harmful effects grow. Dottie Rosenbaum warned that while the Department of Agriculture intends to fund SNAP (formerly food stamps) for February 2019, millions face cuts if the shutdown continues. Douglas Rice showed that seniors, families, and others risk losing housing as the shutdown continues.
On health, Judith Solomon illustrated why Medicaid work requirements can’t be fixed. Solomon also cautioned that married couples receiving Medicaid home- and community-based services risk losing protections without congressional action.
On housing, a comprehensive analysis from Alicia Mazzara and Brian Knudsen explored where families with children use Housing Choice Vouchers in the 50 largest metropolitan areas. We also released tables on the report’s findings, along with an interactive map from Mazzara, Knudsen, and Nick Kasprak. Mazzara also summarized the report’s findings in a blog post.
On federal taxes, Samantha Jacoby noted the looming potential flaws of the “opportunity zone” tax break, along with its risks for large-scale tax avoidance.
On the economy, we updated our chart book on the legacy of the Great Recession.