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May 11, 2020

Early data on rising food insecurity during the pandemic and deep economic crisis reveal how widespread the hardship is becoming, underscoring the need for a robust policy response — including raising maximum SNAP (food stamp) benefits and fixing SNAP limitations...

Food Need Has Risen Sharply During Pandemic
May 8, 2020

This week at CBPP, we focused on COVID-19, the economy, immigration, and health.

On COVID-19, Michael Leachman explained that red and blue states alike need more federal support. Leachman also noted that contrary to arguments,...
Recent Employment Losses Nearly Wipe Out 113 Straight Months of Job Growth Expansion
May 8, 2020

With millions of Americans struggling to meet their basic food needs in light of COVID-19, states are using new options to support households through SNAP (food stamps) and school meal replacement programs. But Puerto Rico — which was already at a relative ...

Fruit and Vegetables in Grocery Checkout
May 7, 2020

The COVID-19 crisis is presenting challenges to people applying for Medicaid and SNAP (food stamps) and — while states have limited ability to substantially modify their systems during the crisis — they can take some steps to make applications more accessible.

Because people can’t apply for Medicaid and SNAP in person due to office closures and social distancing, many people must adapt...

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May 6, 2020

South Dakota’s Governor Kristi Noem says her state doesn’t need more federal fiscal relief; it just needs the Treasury Department to let it use previously provided relief funds to cover revenue shortfalls. The argument apparently has gained traction among some...

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May 5, 2020

As states’ revenues plummet and they shift resources to fight the public health crisis, state officials will be looking for ways to fill their budget shortfalls and meet their balanced-budget requirements. In the face of extreme and growing hardship created by the COVID-19 pandemic and deep economic downturn, states shouldn’t use Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funds to help...

TANF at Weakest Point Amid Fiscal Crisis and Growing Need
May 4, 2020

Amid COVID-19 and the resulting economic fallout, states will need additional resources to provide basic income assistance and emergency aid to families and individuals facing severe economic hardship. A flexible emergency fund targeted to families and individuals with the lowest incomes, modeled on the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Emergency Fund during the Great Recession,...

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May 4, 2020

States will need more fiscal relief to avoid having to make deep budget cuts to meet their balanced-budget requirements, which would hurt families and communities while worsening the recession.

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May 1, 2020

The Center mourns the loss of Paul Rudd, an esteemed member of CBPP’s Board of Directors since 2008, who passed away this week at age 47.

This week at CBPP, we focused on COVID-19 and the economy.

On COVID-19, Michael Leachman explained that new economic projections from...
April 30, 2020

Some Administration officials are arguing that states don’t urgently need more direct federal relief because they can borrow from the new Federal Reserve program to buy public and private debt, but that argument makes no sense.

Loans are no substitute for the...

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