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June 21, 2019 at 3:30 PM
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This week at CBPP, we focused on poverty and inequality, housing, state budgets and taxes, health, family income support, food assistance, federal taxes, and the economy.

  • On poverty and inequality, Aviva Aron-Dine, Matt Broaddus, Zoë Neuberger, and Arloc Sherman analyzed how the Trump Administration’s poverty line proposal would cut health and food assistance for millions.
  • On housing, Douglas Rice warned that a Trump Administration proposal would jeopardize federal rental assistance for many U.S. citizens. Alison Bell described how a House bill would boost funding for the Housing Choice Voucher mobility demonstration.
  • On state budgets and taxes, Elizabeth McNichol described why states should target senior tax breaks only to those who need them. Samantha Waxman urged Delaware policymakers to give low-income families full access to the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit. Wesley Tharpe noted that a millionaires’ tax could improve investment and fairness in New Jersey.
  • On health, Judith Solomon explained that U.S. territories face a crisis due to the looming expiration of supplemental Medicaid funding. Tara Straw warned that a new Trump Administration rule could lead to consumer confusion and higher marketplace premiums. We updated our timeline on the Administration’s efforts to undermine the Affordable Care Act.
  • On family income support, Ashley Burnside pointed to research showing that 1990s cash assistance policy changes were associated with negative social behaviors for adolescents.
  • On food assistance, Dottie Rosenbaum highlighted the success of SNAP categorical eligibility, which lets states tailor SNAP income and asset limits to provide modest help to certain low-income households.
  • On federal taxes, we updated our backgrounders on where federal tax revenues come from, the Earned Income Tax Credit, and marginal and average tax rates.
  • On the economy, we updated our backgrounder on how many weeks of unemployment compensation are available.

Chart of the Week – Trump Proposal to Lower Poverty Line Would Cut Eligibility or Benefits for Many Health, Nutrition, Other Basic Assistance Programs

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

Trump’s poverty rule could cut benefits to 15,000 California households over time, report says
McClatchy
June 19, 2019

Trump admin shifts goal post to reduce poverty without helping people
Houston Chronicle
June 19, 2019

Thousands in Virginia would lose health and food assistance under proposed change to federal poverty line
Virginia Mercury
June 19, 2019

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