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March 18, 2020

Governors can use the flexibility that the pending Families First Coronavirus Response Act would give them to ensure that WIC benefits remain accessible even if COVID-19...

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March 13, 2020

This week at CBPP, we focused on the economy, the federal budget, state budgets and taxes, federal taxes, health, and food assistance.

On the economy, Chye-Ching Huang pointed out that there are far better ways than a payroll tax cut to

March 12, 2020

The House COVID-19 bill’s temporary Medicaid funding boost, if in effect for all of calendar year 2020, would deliver roughly $35 billion in immediate, needed relief to states.

March 11, 2020

The already overburdened IRS “may face challenges ensuring compliance” with certain parts of the 2017 tax law, a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report finds, particularly the 20 percent deduction for certain “pass-through” business income. That’s one more reason why policymakers should boost funding for IRS enforcement and...

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March 10, 2020

Direct, immediate stimulus payments would do far more to reduce immediate hardship and buttress an economy that faces serious risk.

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March 9, 2020

Governors and lawmakers in numerous states have proposed creating or expanding state Earned Income Tax Credits (EITCs) this year. By approving these proposals, states can build on the federal EITC’s well-documented, long-term benefits for children while improving...

29 States Plus DC and Puerto Rico Have EITCs
March 6, 2020

This week at CBPP, we focused on health, food assistance, the federal budget, family income support, and the economy.

On health, Kyle Hayes explained how the Trump Administration’s new guidance inviting states to apply for Medicaid block grants

Trump Budget Would Cut Non-Defense Discretionary Funding Over a Decade
March 5, 2020

The Trump Administration’s new guidance inviting states to apply for federal waivers to convert their Medicaid programs for adults into block grants — with capped federal funding and...

March 4, 2020

The share of children of color living in deep poverty (below half the poverty line) rose in the decade after a 1996 law created the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant and weakened other anti-poverty programs, my colleagues have found....

In Focus: TANF’s Reach Declined Significantly Over Time
March 4, 2020

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia will hear arguments tomorrow on a lawsuit to stop a new Trump Administration rule that would eliminate food assistance for nearly 700,000 low-income adults, according to the Administration’s own estimate.

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