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This week at CBPP, we focused on the economy, the federal budget and taxes, state budgets and taxes, health, family income support, food assistance, Social Security, and poverty and inequality.

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President-Elect’s Plan Includes Vital EITC Increase for Adults Not Raising Children

The emergency relief plan that President-elect Biden announced yesterday would expand the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for over 17 million adults not raising children at home who work hard at important, but low-paid, jobs...

Federal Interest Payments — the Cost of Debt — Are Low

Update, February 24, 2021: Click here for an updated post with more recent projections.

Concerns about growing federal debt should not dissuade policymakers from enacting additional measures to respond to COVID-19 and the economic crisis...

On Health Care, Biden Administration Must Reverse Trump’s Sabotage

President Trump sought to repeal the Affordable Care Act and, short of achieving full repeal, his Administration took many steps to undermine coverage and limit access to care — as we outline in a new...

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This week at CBPP, we released a statement from CBPP President Sharon Parrott on the events of January 5-6 in Georgia and Washington, D.C., stating that our democracy’s peaceful levers of change, not lies and...

Hardship Growing as Pandemic Enters 11th Month, New Census Figures Show

A large and growing number of people are struggling to meet basic needs, according to Census Bureau Household Pulse Survey data released this week, and households with children in particular have had trouble affording enough...

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Our site will slow down posting material for the next week-plus, but we’ll be back on our regular schedule when we return after New Year’s. We wish you and your loved ones a happy and...

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

P-EBT Gives States an Important Way to Help Hungry Children

Massachusetts yesterday became the first state to receive federal approval to issue benefits through the Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) program to replace the free or reduced-price meals that children are missing at school during this school...

Pandemic Hardship Worsening as Relief Programs Near End

With the holiday season upon us and federal unemployment benefits for more than 12 million jobless workers expiring the day after Christmas, a growing number of households are under severe financial strain.