This week at CBPP, we focused on policies taking public benefits away for not meeting work requirements, health, federal taxes, state budgets and taxes, the federal budget, and the economy.
We highlighted a report that cites behavioral science showing why taking public benefits away for not meeting work requirements doesn’t work. Ife Floyd provided an overview of the report, Judith Solomon noted how it showed Medicaid work requirements can’t be fixed, and Ed Bolen focused on SNAP’s (food stamps) three-month time limit, which is flawed by design.
On federal taxes, Chuck Marr, Brendan Duke, Yixuan Huang, Jennifer Beltrán, Vincent Palacios, and Arloc Sherman explained that the recently released Working Families Tax Relief Act would raise incomes of 46 million households and reduce child poverty. We also released a summary concluding that the bill would cut both poverty and deep poverty. Janne Huang pointed out our new tool to help the self-employed calculate their estimated tax payments, and thanked the volunteers at free tax preparation sites who helped millions of Americans file their taxes this year. Marr, Kathleen Bryant, and Chye-Ching Huang cautioned that the Tax Foundation’s “Tax Freedom Day” figures do not represent typical households’ tax burdens and could mislead policymakers, journalists, and the public. Marr and Roderick Taylor applauded the bipartisan support for a budget mechanism to boost IRS enforcement as a promising first step. Brendan Duke compiled top federal tax charts for Tax Day 2019. We also updated our backgrounder on the Child Tax Credit.
On state budgets and taxes, Samantha Waxman noted that Virginia missed a chance to advance racial equity when it failed to expand its state Earned Income Tax Credit. Wesley Tharpe compiled top state tax charts for Tax Day 2019.
On the federal budget, Robert Greenstein analyzed the House Budget Committee’s bill raising funding caps.
On the economy, we updated our backgrounder on how many weeks of unemployment compensation are available.