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September 11, 2018

Teachers in every state are paid less on average than other similarly educated workers, according to a new report by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) and the University of California, Berkeley’s Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics (CWED), and the gap is growing. This erosion reflects state policy choices, not weak state...

States With Biggest Teacher Wage Gaps Have Cut General School Funding
September 7, 2018

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

On federal taxes, Chuck Marr and Brendan Duke warned that the new House Republican tax proposal fails a fiscal...
September 6, 2018

Update, September 14: we’ve updated this post to incorporate new Tax Policy Center data on the plan’s cost estimate and its impact on different income groups.

The House is expected to vote this month on its “2.0” tax plan, which would double down on the...

House GOP's 2.0 Tax Plan Delivers Largest Tax Cuts to Most Well-Off
September 6, 2018

If, as expected, House Republicans vote later this month on their “2.0” tax-cut plan despite its severe flaws, they should fix the glaring shortcomings in its Child Tax Credit (CTC) provision. But there has been no indication that House GOP leaders intend to do so.

Nor would improving the CTC provision do enough to address the overall plan’s flaws. As explained...

Lowest-Income Families Largely Left Out of 2017 Tax Law’s Child Tax Credit Increase
September 6, 2018

A growing number of low-income families and children are going without nutrition and health services due to immigration-related fears, health providers are warning, with potential immediate and long-term impacts on children’s health.

Agencies overseeing the WIC nutrition program for low-income women, infants, and...

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September 5, 2018

Some 15 million households with 40 million people struggled to afford enough food at some point in 2017, new Agriculture Department data show. That’s about 11.8 percent of households that experienced food insecurity — those in which some members struggled to afford adequate nutritious food at some point during the...

Food Insecurity, Though Down From 2011 Peak, Still Above Pre-Recession Levels
September 4, 2018

Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV) not only enable low-income families to afford decent, stable housing but they can also help them live in better neighborhoods, which ...

September 4, 2018

The House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Health Subcommittee will hold a hearing tomorrow to consider the EMPOWER Care Act, which would reauthorize and fund the successful, cost-effective Money Follows the Person (MFP)...

Quality of Life Improves for Medicaid's "Money Follows the Person" Participants
August 31, 2018

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

On health, Shelby Gonzales pointed to a new Government Accountability Office report that found the Trump

August 31, 2018

Labor Day celebrates workers’ contributions to America’s prosperity. But even as our economy is growing, many people of color and women are struggling to get by on low wages. States can help make work pay by creating or...

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