This week at CBPP, we focused on federal tax, housing, health, state budgets and taxes, food assistance, and the economy.
On federal tax, Chuck Marr noted that 3 million veteran and active-duty households would benefit from the proposed Working Families Tax Relief Act. Yixuan Huang described how proposals, including the Working Families Tax Relief Act, would help same-sex couples. Marr, Huang, and Vincent Palacios analyzed legislation from the House Ways and Means Committee that would expand the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit. We updated our backgrounders on federal payroll taxes and tax exemptions, deductions, and credits.
On housing, Anna Bailey explained how a proposed rule from the Trump Administration would force 25,000 families to split up or lose their rental assistance, risking eviction and homelessness.
On health, Judith Solomon and Jessica Schubel warned against Medicaid waivers that could let states ignore federal standards and beneficiary protections, posing serious risks to beneficiaries, providers, and states. We also released a related policy brief. Schubel updated a report on how partial Medicaid expansions fall short of full Medicaid expansions with respect to coverage and access to care. Jennifer Wagner updated an analysis of Arkansas’ Medicaid waiver, which has taken coverage away from eligible people.
On state budget and tax, Michael Leachman described how state legislatures used their sessions this year to raise revenue for schools and other investments.