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This week on Off the Charts, we focused on the federal budget and taxes and health.

  • On the federal budget and taxes, we described ten serious flaws that the House and Senate budget plans share.  David Reich reviewed the House Appropriations Committee allocations of 2016 funding.  Douglas Rice discussed why the committee’s allocation for the Departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development will fall far short of what's needed to maintain rental assistance for current recipients.  Paul Van de Water outlined why Congress shouldn’t repeal the excise tax on medical devices.
  • On health, Jessica Schubel explained how states have flexibility to implement strategies under Medicaid that help lower spending and improve beneficiaries’ health.

This week, we released a report on ten serious flaws in the House and Senate budget plans, and we updated our policy basics on the federal budget process and unemployment compensation.

CBPP’s Chart of the Week – Congressional Budget Cuts to Programs for People of Modest Incomes:

A variety of news outlets featured CBPP’s work and experts recently.  Here are some highlights:

Restricting the spending of federal benefits should include the rich
Washington Post
April 21, 2015

This May Be The Most Effective Anti-Poverty Program In America
Huffington Post
April 20, 2015

Repealing estate tax would reward 0.2%: Our view
USA Today
April 16, 2015

Affordable housing crisis: Families face hard choices
GateHouse Media
April 16, 2015

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