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

  • On federal taxes and the federal budget, Chuck Marr examined a House version of the Working Families Tax Relief Act, which like the Senate version would substantially expand the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit. Brendan Duke pointed to findings from the Congressional Research Service that the 2017 tax law likely had little effect on economic growth, investment, and wages in 2018. Richard Kogan updated his paper on the House Appropriations Committee’s 2020 subcommittee funding levels.
  • On health, Sarah Lueck reviewed a proposal to change enrollment policies to the Affordable Care Act and thereby boost the insured rate and improve continuity of coverage. Jessica Schubel noted that more transparency is needed in federal review of Medicaid waiver proposals, according to a new Government Accountability Office report.
  • On the economy, Chad Stone reviewed how the current economic expansion is now tied for the longest on record and we released a chart book that tracks the post-Great Recession 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.
  • On food assistance, Dottie Rosenbaum and Brynne Keith-Jennings explained how participation and spending in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) continue to decline, reflecting the program’s responsiveness to economic conditions. We updated our report that explains how SNAP plays an important role in encouraging and supporting work.
  • On Social Security, Kathleen Romig analyzed what the 2019 trustees’ report shows about Social Security. We updated our backgrounder on the Social Security trust funds.

And CBPP President Robert Greenstein reflected on the life and work of Herb Sandler, philanthropist and supporter of the Center, who passed away this week.

Chart of the Week — Massachusetts Marketplace Policies Boost Enrollment During the Year

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

Dropped From Health Insurance Without Warning: Was It Legal?
Kaiser Health News
June 5, 2019

The “ridiculous loophole” that promises to improve low-income areas while benefiting the wealthy
Fast Company
June 4, 2019

Trump Offered States Obamacare ‘Relief.’ They Don’t Want It.
June 3, 2019

The striking evidence that Medicaid expansion can help single moms get jobs, briefly explained
May 31, 2019

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