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This week at CBPP we focused on the federal budget and taxes, housing, health care, and Social Security.

  • On the federal budget and taxes, Robert Greenstein explained why a Universal Basic Income would likelier increase poverty than reduce it.  Isaac Shapiro pointed out how Donald Trump’s tax plan would shrink government to historically low levels while delivering trillions in tax cuts to millionaires.
  • On housing, Ehren Dohler, Peggy Bailey, Douglas Rice, and Hannah Katch outlined how supportive housing helps vulnerable people live and thrive in the community by combining affordable housing with intensive coordinated services and why it’s worth expanding.  We updated our backgrounder on public housing.
  • On health care, Edwin Park highlighted a new study supporting our finding that the health plan from Rep. Fred Upton and Senators Orrin Hatch and Richard Burr would likely cause millions to end up uninsured or underinsured.  Sarah Lueck detailed how the health plan from Rep. Bill Cassidy and Sen. Pete Sessions would end or undermine all major elements of health reform, likely making millions more people uninsured and underinsured.
  • On Social Security, Kathleen Romig cautioned that cuts to the Social Security Administration’s core operating budget have hampered its ability to perform its essential services even as the demands on the agency have reached all-time highs.

Chart of the Week: Supportive Housing Can Produce Health Care Savings

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

The Failure of Welfare Reform
June 1, 2016

A Universal Basic Income Is a Poor Tool to Fight Poverty
New York Times
May 31, 2016

Welfare Utopia
The Atlantic
May 31, 2016

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