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

  • On the federal budget, Arloc Sherman explained why adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census jeopardizes its accuracy and could trigger new costs.
  • On food assistance, Elizabeth Wolkomir pointed out that House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway can assuage fears that he’s considering harmful cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by releasing his proposal. Brynne Keith-Jennings showed how most adults who participate in SNAP move in and out of work.
  • On state budgets and taxes, Michael Leachman laid out how state tax cuts are a key factor in the Arizona and Oklahoma teacher pay crises. Samantha Waxman explained that Oklahoma’s supermajority requirement to raise revenues has stymied sensible tax reforms. We released a policy brief describing how states should respond to the federal tax cuts for “pass-through” business income.

Chart of the Week – AZ and OK: General Fund Resources Have Fallen by Roughly One-Third as Share of Personal Income

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

Republicans Promised to Cut the Deficit. It’s Only Getting Worse
March 29, 2018

Republicans consider ‘balanced-budget amendment’ after adding more than $1 trillion to the deficit
Washington Post
March 28, 2018

U.S. Social Security funding should ease customer-service crisis
March 27, 2018

IRS, punished under Obama by GOP, still feels the sting
Washington Post
March 26, 2018

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