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This week at CBPP, we focused on poverty and inequality, family income support, health, food assistance, state budgets and taxes, federal taxes, and the economy.

  • On poverty and inequality, Danilo Trisi and Matt Saenz reported that deep poverty among children rose in the first decade of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, then fell as other programs strengthened. Trisi and Saenz outlined these findings in a policy brief.

  • On family income support, we updated our report and policy brief suggesting that states invest more of their TANF dollars in basic assistance for families. We also updated our fact sheets outlining how states spend funds under the TANF block grant.

  • On health, Jessica Schubel described how the President’s 2021 budget previews administrative actions that would weaken Medicaid. Judith Solomon showed why Medicaid block grants would affect more than healthy adults.

  • On food assistance, Zoë Neuberger explained how policymakers can boost very young children’s nutrition and health by enrolling more low-income families in WIC.

  • On state budgets and taxes, Paul N. Van de Water, Chye-Ching Huang, and Robert Greenstein explained how the Medicaid fee proposal from New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy would create an unintended incentive for job discrimination. Elizabeth McNichol described how states are looking to expand opportunity by taxing more wealth and high incomes.

  • On federal taxes, Chuck Marr highlighted the Congressional Black Caucus’s push for an Earned Income Tax Credit for childless workers, then and now, in honor of Black History Month.

  • On the economy, we updated our backgrounder on how many weeks of unemployment compensation are available.

Chart of the Week — Deep Poverty Rose Among Children in Single-Mother Families in Decade After 1996 Law Created TANF

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

Social Security Poverty Reduction Significant Among The Non-Elderly Says Think Tank
February 26, 2020

Behind our sluggish response to coronavirus, an unnecessary battle over funding
Washington Post
February 25, 2020

Equity is essential to economic opportunity
February 25, 2020

Trump administration’s “public charge” rules go into effect
February 24, 2020

Housing advocates decry Trump budget cuts
The Hill
February 23, 2020

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