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This week at CBPP we focused on the federal budget and taxes, the economy, and the safety net.

  • On the federal budget and taxes, ahead of Labor Day, Chuck Marr highlighted new state-by-state data showing how expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit for workers not raising children in the home would help low-wage workers across the country.  David Reich explained why proposals to address “unauthorized” appropriations would likely do more harm than good. 
  • On the economy, a new report from CBPP’s Full Employment Project examined how changes to the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy rules and targets could promote full employment.  We also updated our chart book on the legacy of the Great Recession.
  • On the safety net, Isaac Shapiro provided the data behind our new fact sheets on how much government programs reduce poverty in each state.

Chart of the Week: Proposals to Extend the EITC for Workers Not Raising Children in the Home Would Benefit a Wide Range of Occupations

Proposals to Extend the EITC for Workers Not Raising Children in the Home Would Benefit a Wide Range of Occupations
  Workers helped under Obama, Ryana plans Workers helped under Brown, Neal plans
Cashiers 643,000 689,000
Cooks 514,000 574,000
Retail salespersons 503,000 550,000
Custodians and building cleaners 461,000 506,000
Waiters and waitresses 432,000 477,000
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers 397,000 442,000
Maids and housekeeping cleaners 340,000 367,000
Grounds maintenance workers 307,000 342,000
Construction laborers 299,000 333,000
Truck drivers 297,000 337,000
Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides 287,000 329,000
Stock clerks and order fillers 287,000 324,000
Personal and home health care aides 256,000 276,000
Child care workers 206,000 218,000
Food preparation workers 194,000 213,000

Figures are rounded to the nearest 1,000.  Estimates from CBPP analysis of data from the Office of Tax Analysis and three years of the American Community Survey (2012-2014). a Numbers helped by the Ryan plan may be smaller than listed for some groups because the Ryan proposal does not extend eligibility to workers age 65 and 66, as the Obama plan does.

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

Back to School With Budgets Still Tight
New York Times
August 29, 2016

Expand the Best Program to Fight Poverty
August 29, 2016

The Odd Conservative Argument That Food Stamps and Medicaid Saved the Poor From Welfare Reform
August 26, 2016

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Join CBPP’s Chuck Marr and Chye-Ching Huang Wednesday, September 7th at 1pm EDT for a tweetchat. They will be answering questions about why the EITC should be expanded for workers not raising kids in the home. Follow along at #ExpandEITC.