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

  • On health, Aviva Aron-Dine and Matt Broaddus explained that a Trump Administration proposal to use a lower inflation measure to adjust the poverty line would cut health benefits such as Medicaid, Medicare, and premium tax credits for millions.

  • On the federal budget, Richard Kogan noted that the House Appropriations Committee’s approval of funding levels for its subcommittees marked an important step forward in funding federal programs for fiscal year 2020. Chuck Marr pointed to the latest data on the multi-year decline in IRS audits of the highest-income taxpayers.

  • On food assistance, Brynne Keith-Jennings described new videos highlighting the need for policymakers to restore emergency food aid to Puerto Rico.

  • On state budgets and taxes, Elizabeth McNichol listed several states that are looking to expand opportunity by boosting capital gains taxes.

  • On housing, Douglas Rice noted that a House bill includes major investments to help low-income families pay rent.

Chart of the Week – Administration’s Proposal to Lower Federal Poverty Line Measure Would Cut Eligibility, Benefits for Many Health Programs

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

New Poverty Definition Could Cut Health Benefits for Millions
May 21, 2019

Congress’s High-Stakes Budget Fight to Avert an Economic Crisis, Explained
May 22, 2019

The Education Scandal That's Bigger Than Varsity Blues
The Atlantic
May 23, 2019

The Trump administration’s war on statistics isn’t slowing down
The Washington Post
May 23, 2019

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