BEYOND THE NUMBERS
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This week at CBPP, we focused on the federal budget, and in particular President Biden’s 2023 budget proposal. We also focused on federal taxes, state budgets and taxes, food assistance, health, and the economy.
- We had several analyses of the President’s budget proposal. CBPP President Sharon Parrott released a statement and a tweet thread explaining how the proposal would support children and families and strengthen the economy. Chuck Marr noted how the budget reaffirms the President’s commitment to expanding the Child Tax Credit, and that the short- and long-term case for doing so is overwhelming. Marr also pointed out that the budget proposal and House-passed economic package would help restore the revenue base, address major flaws in the individual income tax, discourage profit shifting to tax havens, and rebuild the IRS. Judith Solomon emphasized the budget’s support for enacting legislation that would close the Medicaid coverage gap and help over 2 million uninsured people gain access to health care. Paul Van de Water focused on what the proposal says about Medicare, highlighting its endorsement of prescription drug savings and improvements to behavioral health coverage. Kathleen Romig noted that the Social Security Administration’s operating budget would get the substantial boost it needs to support staff and beneficiaries. Anna Bailey affirmed that much of the proposed new Housing and Urban Development funding targets people who need it the most — as it should.
- On federal taxes, Chuck Marr stressed the urgent need for an expanded Child Tax Credit amid rising food and energy prices.
- On state budgets and taxes, Cortney Sanders and Maya El Jawhari offered three principles for states to follow in their efforts to create antiracist and equitable economic recoveries.
- On food assistance, Zoë Neuberger explained how state agencies use federal flexibility to streamline enrollment in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). We released our backgrounders on how to increase WIC enrollment via targeted text message outreach, matching data across benefit programs, and using both data matching and targeted outreach.
- On health, Kathleen Romig underscored the importance of including key measures for people with disabilities in economic legislation.
- On the economy, we updated our chart book tracking the post-Great Recession Economy.
A variety of news outlets featured CBPP’s work and experts this past week. Here are some of the highlights:
Rental assistance is becoming a bigger necessity as rents rapidly rise
April 1, 2022
Biden’s tax on billionaires is about fundamental fairness
March 30, 2022
The Great Expiration
March 29, 2022
¿Cuál ha sido el impacto del Obamacare en los latinos 12 años después?
March 28, 2022
‘It saved our lives’: How expanded food assistance during the pandemic fed over 1M Michiganders
March 28, 2022