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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.

Chart of the Week — Pass-Throughs Make Up Largest Portion of Tax Gap

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

Gov. Kevin Stitt should look at Puerto Rico's Medicaid mess before he signs up Oklahoma for block grant funding
Tulsa World
November 22, 2019

Republicans Now Support Paid Leave, Too. So Why Hasn’t It Passed?
New York Times
November 21, 2019

Former U.S. Treasury chief Lawrence Summers to IRS: Audit the rich
CBS News
November 20, 2019

A major Obamacare provision has saved thousands of lives – and the states that still haven’t signed on are making a huge mistake
Business Insider
November 18, 2019

FAQ: When is a high deductible health plan with an HSA a good choice?
November 18, 2019

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