This week at CBPP, we focused on poverty and inequality, the economy, state budgets and taxes, federal taxes, Social Security, food assistance, and housing.
- On poverty and inequality, Danilo Trisi, Sarah Lueck, Javier Balmaceda, and Alicia Mazzara detailed how recovery legislation presents a historic opportunity to advance racial equity.
- On the economy, Chad Stone explained that although May’s job growth was strong, policymakers still need to reform the unemployment insurance system. We updated our chart book tracking the post-Great Recession economy and our backgrounder on how many weeks of unemployment compensation are available.
- On state budgets and taxes, Elizabeth McNichol and Ed Lazere urged states to improve the design of their rainy day funds.
- On federal taxes, Samantha Jacoby explained that recovery legislation should repeal the 2017 tax law’s flawed deduction for certain income that owners of “pass-through” businesses — such as partnerships, S corporations, and sole proprietorships — report on their individual tax returns.
- On Social Security, Kathleen Romig noted that after years of underinvestment, it’s time to rebuild the Social Security Administration.
- On food assistance, we updated our fact sheet on states using their temporary flexibility in SNAP to respond to COVID-19 challenges.
- On housing, we updated our federal rental assistance fact sheets.
Chart of the Week — Key Provisions of American Families Plan Would Cut Child Poverty Nearly in Half and Substantially Reduce Racial and Ethnic Gaps in Child Poverty
A variety of news outlets featured CBPP’s work and experts this past week. Here are some of the highlights:
At least 10 states divert federal welfare funding to anti-abortion clinics
June 4, 2021
Stimulus checks dramatically reduced hunger and hardship, Census data shows
June 3, 2021
Democrats plot Medicaid expansion backdoor in red states refusing program
May 29, 2021
As another month’s rent comes due, appropriated relief is finally making its way to tenants
May 28, 2021
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