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

  • On the federal budget, we released a series of blog posts on proposed Senate appropriations for 2020. Jennifer Beltrán explained the harm that the Senate Appropriation Committee’s proposed cuts to the departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education would cause; Kathleen Romig cautioned against another cut to funding for Social Security operations; Dottie Rosenbaum recommended that policymakers protect SNAP from funding shortfalls; Samantha Jacoby pointed out that past IRS funding cuts weakened tax enforcement and collection, and recommended a funding boost for enforcement and operations support; and Douglas Rice noted that although housing aid was a rare bright spot in the Senate Appropriations Committee-approved bill to fund the departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development, more is needed. Also, Richard Kogan, Paul N. Van de Water, and Kathleen Bryant detailed the long-term budget outlook, which has improved substantially since 2010 but remains challenging.
  • On state budgets and taxes, Erica Williams used new Census data to show that income gains were uneven across states, as well as among racial and ethnic groups, in 2018.
  • On federal taxes, during Hispanic Heritage Month, Jennifer Beltrán recognized how expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit would boost incomes for millions of Latino households.
  • On health, Kyle Hayes warned that the Trump Administration's recent proclamation creating a new health coverage mandate for certain people seeking to immigrate lawfully to the United States will undermine health coverage. We updated our timeline tracking the Trump Administration’s efforts to undermine the Affordable Care Act.
  • On the economy, we updated our chart book tracking the post-Great Recession economy.

Chart of the Week – Debt as Percent of Economy Rising More Slowly Than in 2010 Projection

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

The 5 states adopting the Trump administration’s healthcare plan for poor Americans paid more than $400 million just to process paperwork, government watchdog says
Business Insider
October 11, 2019

New evidence demonstrates that the public charge rule will harm immigrant families and others
Health Affairs
October 9, 2019

Federal court to hear arguments in case over Matt Bevin's Medicaid work requirements plan
Louisville Courier Journal
October 9, 2019

Lawsuits around US seek to block Trump’s public charge rule
Associated Press
October 8, 2019

Trump signed an executive order about how much he hates Medicare-for-all
October 7, 2019

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