This week at CBPP, we focused on the federal budget and taxes, health, and the economy.
On the federal budget and taxes, Paul N. Van de Water and Richard Kogan detailed why a proposal from Senator Rob Portman for automatic continuing resolutions is not a good solution for government shutdowns. Samantha Jacoby explained how two companion bills aim to curb opportunity zone abuses. Jacoby also noted that policymakers should ensure that pass-throughs pay more of the taxes they owe. We updated our backgrounder on federal tax expenditures.
On health, Jessica Schubel emphasized that Medicaid improper payment rates don’t measure ineligible enrollees, fraud, or abuse. Kyle Hayes cited broad opposition to a Trump Administration proposal to lower the poverty line. We updated our frequently asked questions about Medicaid.
On the economy, Jared Bernstein testified on deficits and debt in contemporary U.S. fiscal policy. We also updated our backgrounder on how many weeks of unemployment compensation are available.