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

  • On health, Jennifer Wagner noted that thousands of Arkansans lost their Medicaid benefits in October for not meeting rigid work requirements. Brynne Keith-Jennings highlighted more evidence that work requirements for SNAP (food stamps) and Medicaid don’t work.
  • On federal taxes, Samantha Jacoby pointed to ultra-wealthy Major League Baseball team owners seeking an unwarranted deduction as further evidence of the 2017 tax law’s tilt to the top. She also described efforts by a number of industry groups to get the same deduction.
  • On state budget and tax, Michael Leachman cited findings that state and local tax systems reinforce and often worsen inequality in nearly every state. Leachman also noted that a North Carolina ballot measure that would further cap the state’s income tax rate threatens funding for public services.
  • On food assistance, we updated our overview of the types of information and services states provide on their SNAP websites, as well as our guide to SNAP eligibility and benefits.
  • On the economy, we updated our backgrounder on how many weeks of unemployment compensation are available, and our chart book on the legacy of the Great Recession.

Chart of the Week – Very Few Arkansas Medicaid Beneficiaries Met New Reporting Requirements in Fourth Month of Work Requirement

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

Kamala Harris’s Trump-Size Tax Plan
October 18, 2018

The deficit is rising, so Republicans want to cut Social Security and Medicare
October 17, 2018

Businesses could be surprised by Trump plan to limit immigrant use of benefits
October 16, 2018

Study: Without Medicaid expansion, poor forgo medical care
Associated Press
October 15, 2018

Pennsylvania flunking when it comes to higher education
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 12, 2018

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