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This week at CBPP, we announced that CBPP’s founder and President, Robert Greenstein, will step down at the end of 2020. Bob stated, in part:

I am very proud of what we have accomplished over the last four decades, especially in substantially strengthening programs and policies important to people of lesser means. I have been honored and deeply privileged to work with — and learn from — so many dedicated and talented colleagues at the Center, whose passion and expertise never fail to inspire me. I’ve also been fortunate to work with dedicated partners and allies here in Washington and around the country to try to make ours a more just and equitable society. And I am grateful to the funders who have supported the Center’s work over the years.

CBPP’s Board of Directors will begin a nationwide search for a new president in January.

We also focused on health, housing, state budgets and taxes, and the economy.

  • On health, Robert Greenstein stated that the new health extenders agreement between Congress and the Trump Administration takes a significant step backward by repealing three major tax provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Aviva Aron-Dine, Tara Straw, and Sarah Lueck warned that Georgia’s unprecedented 1332 waiver would endanger consumers and violate federal law. Matt Broaddus previewed the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ final count of people selecting 2020 health coverage through the ACA individual marketplace. We also updated our Sabotage Watch tracker of efforts to undermine the ACA, and our explainer on the legally suspect ACA repeal suit that threatens millions’ coverage.
  • On housing, Douglas Rice noted that the Family Stability and Opportunity Vouchers Act aims to cut intergenerational poverty by expanding families’ housing opportunities. We also issued a backgrounder on programs that help low-income families with children use Housing Choice Vouchers to move to high-opportunity neighborhoods.
  • On state budgets and taxes, Eric Figueroa praised New Jersey’s new driver’s license measure as its latest inclusive policy for immigrants.
  • On the economy, we updated our backgrounder on how many weeks of unemployment compensation are available. We also updated our chartbook tracking the post-Great Recession economy.

Chart of the Week - Moving with Voucher to Lower-Poverty Neighborhoods While Young Improves Key Adult Outcomes

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

Trump's new rule on food stamps will hurt the people who need them most
December 19, 2019

Trump slashed Puerto Rico’s Medicaid money as part of budget deal
December 17, 2019

Congress Leaves Workers Out Of Year-End Tax Deals
December 17, 2019

Long Lines as Undocumented Immigrants in N.Y. Rush to Get Licenses
New York Times
December 16, 2019

How Medicaid Expansion Is Transforming Politics As We Know It
The Nation
December 16, 2019

CBPP will return with new analyses after New Year’s. Happy holidays!

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