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This week at CBPP, we focused on the federal budget, federal taxes, health, food assistance, housing, and the economy.

  • On the federal budget, Richard Kogan and Paul N. Van de Water explained why automatic continuing resolutions are not a good solution for government shutdowns. We updated our backgrounder on what the government does with the tax dollars it collects.
  • On federal tax, Samantha Jacoby noted that pass-through deduction regulations reflect industry lobbying. Robert Greenstein, John Wancheck, and Chuck Marr clarified facts about overpayments in the Earned Income Tax Credit and outlined how policymakers can help the IRS make continued progress in lowering overpayments.
  • On health, Jennifer Wagner refuted the Arkansas governor’s claims that taking Medicaid coverage away from people not meeting a rigid work requirement has helped many beneficiaries find jobs. Matt Broaddus explored how Medicaid works for low-income families and individuals in each state and updated our state-by-state fact sheets. We updated our Sabotage Watch tracker of efforts to undermine the Affordable Care Act.
  • On food assistance, Dottie Rosenbaum explained that SNAP (food stamps) can cover full benefits through at least March, but she warned that many SNAP households will experience a long gap between monthly benefits despite the end of the partial government shutdown.
  • On housing, Will Fischer explained that housing agencies using the Moving to Work demonstration program haven’t been better than other housing agencies at helping families move to high-opportunity neighborhoods.
  • On the economy, we updated our backgrounder on how many weeks of unemployment compensation are available and our chart book on the legacy of the Great Recession.

Chart of the Week — “Moving to Work” Housing Agencies Aren’t More Effective Than Others at Enabling Families to Move to Lower-Poverty Neighborhoods

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

‘I’m just wondering if I’m going to have enough’: Shutdown creates lasting fallout for food stamp recipients
Washington Post,
January 31, 2019

How a Ballot Initiative to Expand Medicaid in Utah May Be Denied
The Atlantic
January 30, 2019

Food-stamp recipients face long wait for their next payment
CBS News
January 29, 2019

Public-school salaries fall short of average in nearly every state
Washington Post
January 29, 2019

The debate around putting an end to all government shutdowns, explained
January 29, 2019

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