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August 14, 2020

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 explaining why

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Black and Latino Households Likelier to Experience Food Insufficiency During Pandemic
August 13, 2020

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 the household couldn’t afford it, according to “Tracking Hardship,” our...

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August 13, 2020

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 may not see larger paychecks — and those who do could face surprise tax bills in a few months.

Moreover, permanently cutting payroll...

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August 12, 2020

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 to equity, many of which make it even harder for immigrants to weather the pandemic and economic fallout. We highlight some of Virginia’s and other states’ actions below...

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August 11, 2020

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, depending partly on how details shake out in the coming days. More generally, as we have said, his actions are...

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August 11, 2020

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...

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August 10, 2020

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 COVID-19 and the recession — saying states must return to “normal operations,” even though current circumstances are anything but normal.

SNAP...

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August 8, 2020

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 renters struggling to pay rent.

The CARES Act’s eviction moratorium only covered renters who participate in federal housing

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1 in 5 Renter Behind on Rent During Pandemic, With Black and Latino Renters Facing Greatest Hardship
August 7, 2020

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 and the fragile economy could worsen the...
In Focus: Black and Hispanic Unemployment Rates Consistently Higher Than White Rate
August 7, 2020

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 twin pressures of a resurgent virus and a fragile...

State and Local Government Jobs Still Far Below Pre-Pandemic Levels

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