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June 14, 2019 at 5:15 PM
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This week at CBPP, we focused on poverty and inequality, the federal budget and taxes, health, employment, state budgets and taxes, and the economy.

  • On poverty and inequality, Arloc Sherman and Paul N. Van de Water explained how the Trump Administration proposal to lower the poverty line by applying a smaller cost-of-living adjustment would make the poverty line a less accurate measure of basic needs. Kathleen Romig described how the proposal would hurt seniors and people with disabilities.
  • On the federal budget and taxes, Chuck Marr and Yixuan Huang explained that childless adults are the only group taxed into poverty and that expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit could address the problem. Chuck Marr urged lawmakers to increase funding for IRS tax enforcement.
  • On health, Judith Solomon analyzed Utah’s proposed Medicaid waiver, which would deny Medicaid to tens of thousands of low-income adults. Tara Straw detailed the ways in which policymakers should protect patients from surprise medical bills. We released a fact sheet summarizing the Trump Administration’s harmful changes to Medicaid.
  • On employment, David Blanchflower and Kathleen Bryant argued for an aggressive pursuit of full employment.
  • On state budgets and taxes, we updated our fact sheet showing that tax cuts don’t boost small business growth and job creation.
  • On the economy, we updated our backgrounder on how many weeks of unemployment compensation are available and our new chart book tracking the post-Great Recession economy.

Chart of the Week – EITC Does Little to Offset Federal Taxes for Low-Income Childless Workers

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

Trump’s Health Policies Are Designed To Hurt The People His Supporters Hate
HuffPost
June 14, 2019

There’s a recession out there somewhere. Here’s how to blunt its force.
Washington Post
June 11, 2019

Nearly 1 million Californians could face eviction under Trump’s housing plan, group says
Fresno Bee
June 7, 2019

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