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In Case You Missed It...

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

  • On the economy, we released a statement from CBPP President Robert Greenstein...

“Tracking Hardship”: CBPP’s New Tool to Highlight Recession’s Human Impact

Nearly 15 million adult renters (1 in 5) were behind in their rent at some point this summer, and up to 17 million children were in households that said the children weren’t eating enough because...

Trump Payroll Tax Action Won’t Work, Could Endanger Social Security and Budget

President Trump’s executive action to allow the deferring of payroll tax payments will provide little or no near-term economic stimulus. Meanwhile, its potentially chaotic new rules will create significant compliance burdens for businesses, and workers...

Virginia, Other States Advance Immigrant-Inclusive Policies

Even before COVID-19 and the deep recession, Virginia had taken steps to create a more inclusive state for people to live, work, and prosper, regardless of their immigration status. Other states are similarly removing barriers...

Trump Executive Actions Won’t Alleviate, and Could Worsen, States’ Budget Woes

President Trump’s executive actions of last weekend do nothing to alleviate the enormous budget crisis that’s battering states and localities nationwide, and one of them — extending unemployment benefits — could make the crisis worse...

Trump Executive Order Doesn’t Extend Eviction Ban, Won’t Help the Millions Struggling to Pay Rent

Despite the President’s claims, his executive order (EO) does not extend the expired federal ban on evictions or provide more funds to tenants or landlords to cover lost rent payments. In fact, the EO...

USDA Rolling Back SNAP Flexibility That States Need in Current Crisis

The Agriculture Department (USDA) is restricting key flexibility in SNAP (food stamps) that the President and Congress gave states in the Families First Act of March to help them manage an applications influx due to...

Trump Executive Orders Likely Won’t Help the Millions Struggling to Pay Rent

President Trump’s expected executive order to extend, if not expand, the CARES Act’s federal ban on evictions, which recently expired, very likely will prove woefully inadequate to help people experiencing homelessness or the millions of...

In Case You Missed It...

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

  • On state budgets and taxes, Wesley Tharpe outlined how COVID-19’s resurgence...

Surging Virus, Fragile Economy Could Worsen State Budget Crisis

As the President and Congress consider more economic relief for families and businesses, more fiscal aid to states, localities, tribal nations, and territories remains in doubt. Without a sizable amount of new aid, however, the...