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Last week, we released a statement from our president, Robert Greenstein, adding CBPP’s voice to calls for justice and systemic reform in response to the killing of George Floyd at the hands of police and subsequent protests for Black lives. Greenstein stated, in part:

As an organization whose central mission is to advance economic justice, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities recognizes the critical importance of speaking out forcefully against racism — particularly racism against Black people, which persists in strong and often virulent form some 155 years after the end of the Civil War — and policies and practices that help perpetuate the stunning disparities that disadvantage people of color.

Many of our analyses the past two weeks (on federal taxes, the federal budget, housing, food assistance, the economy, health, Social Security, and state budgets and taxes) highlight these racial disparities amid COVID-19 and ways to address them — issues we’ll continue to monitor.

Chart of the Week — Unemployment Insurance Claims Skyrocketed Due to COVID-19

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

750,000 Floridians still haven’t gotten stimulus checks and won’t unless they contact IRS by October
Orlando Sentinel
June 12, 2020

If You’ve Lost Your Health Plan In The COVID Crisis, You’ve Got Options
Kaiser Health News
June 12, 2020

12 million people are at risk of not getting their stimulus payments. Here’s how that could be fixed
June 12, 2020

Calls grow for the Federal Reserve to target lowering the black unemployment rate
Washington Post
June 10, 2020

Some realistic solutions for income inequality
The Hill
June 10, 2020

Congressional Hearing Elevates The Need For $100 Billion In Rental Assistance
June 10, 2020

‘There’s only so much we can do’: Food banks plead for help
June 8, 2020

Depleted sales tax revenue means states have to cut budgets
June 4, 2020

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