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March 7, 2019

The sponsor of legislation in Montana to take Medicaid coverage away from people who don’t meet a work requirement, charge low-income adults high premiums, and make eligibility contingent on completing extra paperwork related to job readiness and health status — all of which would have caused up to 36,000 people to lose coverage — has...

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March 7, 2019

New projections from the Medicare actuaries provide fresh evidence that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has helped slow spending growth throughout the nation’s health care sector.

Under the actuaries’ updated projections of...

Health Care Spending Has Grown More Slowly Than Projected
March 7, 2019

2019 could be a banner year for state Earned Income Tax Credits (EITCs), as governors and lawmakers have introduced proposals to create and expand the credits in at least 26 states this year. Such proposals would supplement the federal EITC’s well-documented, long...

Twenty-Nine States, D.C., and Puerto Rico Have Enacted EITCs as of 2018
March 6, 2019

Some 1.35 million low-income residents of Puerto Rico — more than a third of its population — reportedly have had, or will have, their food assistance benefits cut dramatically this month because its disaster food aid has run out and the President and Congress haven’t granted the...

March 6, 2019

Protests by teachers and others helped drive substantial school funding increases over the last year in Arizona, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and West Virginia, four states that had cut school “formula” funding — the main state revenue source for schools — the most over the last decade. Still, formula funding remains well below 2008 levels in these states, as we explain in a...

Many States With Deep K-12 Funding Cuts Since Recession Boosted Funding in 2018
March 4, 2019

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo proposes to extend the state’s “millionaires’ tax,” which raises $4 billion a year, for five years, but lawmakers should go further by strengthening the tax and making it permanent.

As our recent report explains,...

New York's Economy Has Outperformed Neighbors Since Millionaires' Tax Took Effect
March 1, 2019

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

On the federal budget, Sharon Parrott, Richard Kogan, and Roderick Taylor highlighted

Non-Defense Discretionary Funding Will Fall After 2019 Without a New Budget Deal
February 28, 2019

The 2017 tax law is fundamentally flawed and largely left behind low- and moderate-income Americans, CBPP’s Chye-Ching Huang told the House Budget Committee yesterday. As she explained, the law doesn’t address the economic challenges that low- and moderate-income...

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February 27, 2019

West Virginia’s House is expected to vote today on House Bill 3136, which would likely take Medicaid coverage away from at least 46,000 non-elderly adults who can’t meet proposed work requirements.

The bill would require all of the state’s non-elderly adult Medicaid...

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