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This week at CBPP, we focused on food assistance, the new Census data released this week, poverty and inequality, and the economy.

  • On food assistance, Stacy Dean, Zoë Neuberger, Dottie Rosenbaum, and our partners...

2019 Income-Rent Gap Underscores Need for Rental Assistance, Census Data Show

The wide gap between median renter income and median rent extended through 2019, new Census data show, highlighting that the housing affordability crisis existed before COVID-19 and the recession cost many renters their jobs. Policymakers...

Census: Pre-Pandemic Economic Gains Uneven Across States, Races

The economic gains before COVID-19 sent the economy tumbling were uneven across states as well as racial and ethnic groups, according to American Community Survey (ACS) data that the Census Bureau released yesterday. And the...

30 Days Left to Help Eligible People Claim Stimulus Payments

Five million Americans who were hit hardest by the current health and economic crisis risk missing out on $6 billion in CARES Act stimulus payments if they don’t file the required online form before October...

In Case You Missed It...

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

  • On health, Jessica Schubel and Jennifer Wagner reported that state Medicaid...

Food Need Very High Compared to Pre-Pandemic Levels, Making Relief Imperative

Update, December 3, 2020: we’ve corrected an error in this post regarding the share of adults reporting that their household had “not enough to eat” in 2019.

With millions of Americans still not getting enough...

Needed: Federal Aid to Reverse Deep Public-Sector Job Cuts, Including in Education

The harsh recession and deep state budget crisis triggered by COVID-19 are causing sizable public-sector job losses, especially in K-12 and higher education, the latest jobs data show. More large, flexible federal fiscal aid —...

States Expect More Damaging Cuts Without More Federal Aid

State policymakers will soon begin addressing shortfalls that have already arisen in their current budgets even as they prepare next year’s budgets, and many states are bracing to make deeper, more damaging cuts than they’ve...

More Economic Relief Needed, Despite Rising Debt

Rising federal debt should not deter policymakers from enacting additional relief measures to alleviate widespread hardship and keep the economic recovery from losing steam.

COVID-19, the resulting recession, and legislation enacted to fight them are...

Medicaid Enrollment Continues to Rise

Medicaid enrollment rose 8.4 percent from February to July as millions of Americans lost their jobs or experienced sharp income losses due to the COVID-19 recession. That’s in the 30 states for which we have...