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October 16, 2020

This week at CBPP, we focused on state budgets and taxes, family income support, poverty and inequality, and health.

On state budgets and taxes, Cortney Sanders discussed how a repeal of some criminal fees and fines in California is a...
12 States Still Have Racist Policies Denying Benefits to Children Born in Families Already on TANF
October 15, 2020

Arizona voters on November 3 could take a giant step toward educational equity that would help every schoolchild in the state, with outsized benefits to kids of color and kids whose families have low incomes.

The Invest in Education Initiative (Proposition 208) would boost the state’s K-12...

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October 15, 2020

Arizona voters will decide this fall whether to enact a targeted tax increase on high-income residents through Proposition 208 (the Invest in Education Initiative), which could deliver a sizable boost to the state’s finances, make its tax system fairer, provide big benefits to children and schools, and boost the state economy’s long-term potential.

The ballot measure calls for a 3.5...

Arizona's Tax System Asks the Most From Those Least Able to Pay
October 14, 2020

Now that New Jersey has repealed its “family cap” law that denied more cash assistance to families that have another child while enrolled in its Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, the 12 remaining states with these laws in their TANF programs should follow suit. The laws not only have racist and sexist roots but constitute bad policy, denying children the resources they...

In Focus: 12 States Still Have Racist Policies Denying Benefits to Children Born in Families Already on TANF
October 14, 2020

In a victory for fiscal policy and racial justice, California has repealed some county fees and eliminated the related unpaid debt. As other states consider how to respond to the COVID-19 recession in ways that dismantle racial and economic barriers, they should...

CA State House
October 9, 2020

This week at CBPP, we focused on health, food assistance, state budgets and taxes, poverty and inequality, the economy, family income support, and Social Security.

On health, we rounded up our recent writings on the risks of a lawsuit to overturn the Affordable Care...
In Focus: 1 in 3 Adults Had Trouble Paying for Usual Household Expenses in Last 7 Days
October 9, 2020

Retirement accounts provide at best a modest supplement to Social Security, new Federal Reserve data show. A minority of mostly wealthy Americans have saved very large amounts — many times what middle- and low-income Americans have, if they own accounts at all — making Social Security...

Affluent Americans Are Much Likelier to Own Large Retirement Accounts
October 8, 2020

As President Trump sends mixed signals about his support for a new economic relief bill, states and localities urgently need additional fiscal aid so they can both rehire workers they laid off or furloughed this spring and avoid additional layoffs and budget cuts that they will likely otherwise make to balance their budgets this fiscal year.

After COVID-19 struck this spring, states and...

In Focus: State and Local Government Jobs Still Far Below Pre-COVID Levels
October 7, 2020

Nearly 78 million adults – about 1 in 3 – are having trouble paying for usual household expenses, today’s Census data show. Along with other data showing that hardship has significantly worsened due to COVID-19 and its economic fallout, the figures underscore the...

In Focus: 1 in 3 Adults Had Trouble Paying for Usual Household Expenses in Last 7 Days
October 7, 2020

The budget deal between Governor Phil Murphy and lawmakers will make New Jersey more equitable by raising taxes on the wealthiest families and profitable corporations, providing targeted cash assistance, and expanding the state earned income tax credit (EITC) for working families — and it also will...

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