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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.

Chart of the Week – Most People Estimated to Lose Medicaid Coverage Under Work Requirements Are Working or Should Be Exempt

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

Even working Michiganders could see health care seized under new rules
Detroit Free Press
January 10, 2019

Low-Income Renters at Risk as Shutdown Wears on
January 9, 2019

Food stamp funding extended amid shutdown, but only through February
CBS News
January 9, 2019

Food stamps, rent aid and the safety net for American’s poorest at risk as shutdown drags on
The Washington Post
January 9, 2019

Housing vouchers mostly move families into impoverished neighborhoods, even when better apartments exist elsewhere
The Washington Post
January 3, 2019


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