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December 4, 2020

This week, we released a statement announcing Sharon Parrott as CBPP’s next president. On January 1, 2021, Parrott will succeed Robert Greenstein, who established the Center in 1981 and has served as its chief executive ever since.

“The Center is one of the nation’s most influential...

Adults in Households With Children Face Higher Household Hardship
December 4, 2020

COVID-19 and natural disasters from wildfires to hurricanes this year have hit people in low-paying jobs especially hard, with many of them suffering massive job and wage losses. Now, many of these same people face the risk of losing some or all of their Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit unless policymakers enact — before the next tax filing season — a “lookback” to let...

Form 1040 And Refund Check

Senior Director of Federal Tax Policy

December 4, 2020

The recovery from the deep economic nosedive of last spring continues to lose steam, the latest jobs report shows. Job growth slowed further in November, long-term unemployment (27 weeks or more) kept rising, and, as in past recoveries, jobs are returning more slowly for Black and Hispanic workers than for white workers in a still-...

In Focus: Jobs Recovery from Deep Hole Slowing
November 30, 2020

It’s hard to imagine a more harmful fiscal policy idea than Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves’ call to eliminate the state’s income tax, the state’s second largest revenue source for schools, health care, and other essential public...

Cracked asphalt road
November 24, 2020

The Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) proposed “Securing Updated and Necessary Statutory Evaluations Timely” (SUNSET) rule would cause most HHS regulations to automatically expire unless HHS conducts a time-consuming assessment and review of such regulations. If finalized, the proposal would divert...

Stethoscope, Flag, Pills
November 20, 2020

This week at CBPP, we focused on food assistance, health, the economy, family income support, and poverty and inequality.

On food assistance, Brynne Keith-Jennings discussed how cuts to Puerto Rico’s Nutrition Assistance Program benefits risk food...
Black and Latino Households Likelier to Experience Food Insufficiency During Pandemic
November 19, 2020

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released its 2020 Estimated Payment Error Rate Measurement (PERM) rate — which measures “improper” payments in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) — but policymakers...

November 18, 2020

As Thanksgiving approaches amidst a pandemic-driven economic crisis, just 44 percent of households with children are “very confident” that they can afford needed food over the next four weeks, according to new Census survey data — and about 10 percent, or 3.5 million households, are “not at all confident.” That uncertainty reflects widespread food hardship across the country, with 5.6 million...

November 17, 2020

Puerto Rico’s Nutrition Assistance Program (NAP) basic household benefits have shrunk significantly over the last three months — as the Commonwealth depleted emergency federal funding — which may make it harder for many households to afford the food they need amid COVID-19 and...

Calculating Grocery Bills
November 13, 2020

Since the last time we rounded up our recent work at CBPP, we focused on health, the economy, state budgets and taxes, food assistance, poverty and inequality, and housing.

On health, we rounded up our recent writings on the many risks that a suit to repeal the Affordable Care...
Sharp Rise in Poverty Projected After Major CARES Act Relief Ends