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This week at CBPP, we focused on the economy, state budgets and taxes, poverty and inequality, and food assistance.
On the economy, CBPP President Sharon Parrott released a statement on why the Senate budget plan points the way toward a more equitable nation. Chad Stone stated that recent inflation is not a reason to pare back needed investments. We also updated our backgrounder on how many weeks of unemployment compensation are available, and our chart book tracking the post-Great Recession economy.
On state budgets and taxes, Samantha Waxman emphasized how a record number of states have created or improved earned income tax credits to respond to COVID-19.
On poverty and inequality, Matt Saenz highlighted how economic programs significantly reduce poverty in every state. We also updated our tracker on the COVID-19 recession’s effects on food, housing, and employment hardships.
On food assistance, we illustrated how modernizing SNAP benefits would help millions of people better afford healthy food. We updated our fact sheet on how states are using much-needed temporary flexibility in SNAP to respond to COVID-19 challenges.
Chart of the Week – 30 States Plus D.C. and Puerto Rico Have EITCs
A variety of news outlets featured CBPP’s work and experts this past week. Here are some of the highlights:
25 years after welfare reform, the system is pared down as intended. But critics say the program is failing.
August 13, 2021
For working parents, juggling child care came at a steep cost during Covid
August 13, 2021
Here’s Why Democrats’ $3.5 Trillion Budget Plan Could Impact Every Single American
August 11, 2021
America’s Housing Crisis Is a Choice
New York Times
August 10, 2021