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

  • On the federal budget, Robert Greenstein stated that President Trump’s 2021 budget would widen the country’s divisions. Paul N. Van de Water detailed how the Trump budget would increase hardship and inequality. Van de Water also described the Trump budget's Medicare proposals. Aviva Aron-Dine explained that the President’s “health reform vision” set out in his budget includes $1 trillion in cuts and no plan to protect people with pre-existing conditions. Kathleen Romig outlined how the Trump budget would hurt older Americans and people with disabilities. Michael Leachman explained how Trump’s budget threatens states and their residents. Kathleen Bryant noted that the President’s paid leave proposal would push costs to states and produce stark disparities.

  • On federal taxes, Chye-Ching Huang testified before the House Ways and Means Committee that the depletion of IRS enforcement is undermining the tax code. Javier Balmaceda explained how stronger working-family tax credits can help Puerto Rico navigate a complicated recovery process.

  • On the economy, we updated our chart book tracking the post-Great Recession economy and our backgrounder on how many weeks of unemployment compensation are available.

Chart of the Week — Trump 2021 Budget Proposes $1 Trillion in Cuts to Medicaid and the ACA

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

Appeals Court Rejects Trump Administration’s Approval of Work Requirements for Medicaid
Wall Street Journal
February 14, 2020

In Trump’s Budget, Big Health Care Cuts but Few Details
New York Times
February 10, 2020

Trump proposes $4.8 trillion election-year budget with big domestic cuts
Washington Post
February 10, 2020

Mystery $844B pot in Trump budget signals Medicaid cuts
Associated Press
February 10, 2020

Trump budget includes deep cuts to health care and safety net programs
February 10, 2020

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