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.