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This week at CBPP, we focused on state budgets and taxes, health, housing, family income support, and the economy.

  • On state budgets and taxes, Jennifer Sullivan demonstrated how better state budget and policy decisions can improve health.
  • On health, Jennifer Wagner highlighted Arkansas Medicaid beneficiaries struggling with the state’s reporting obligations as more face a work requirement. Kyle Hayes cited health care providers and advocates explaining the harm of Medicaid work requirements.
  • On housing, Douglas Rice pointed out that a fiscal year 2019 funding bill and carryover funding should enable agencies to issue more Housing Choice Vouchers this year.
  • On family income support, Liz Schott, Ife Floyd, and Ashley Burnside updated their research and a related brief on how states use funds under the TANF block grant. We also updated related state-by-state fact sheets.
  • On the economy, we updated our backgrounder on how many weeks of unemployment compensation are available.

Chart of the Week – State and Local Budget Decisions Affect Health Outcomes

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

Teachers on strike: “Public schools everywhere get shortchanged”
CBS News
February 22, 2019

Have Trump’s policies ‘lifted’ nearly 5 million Americans off food stamps?
Washington Post
February 20, 2019

Trump to Puerto Ricans: Go Hungry
The American Prospect
February 20, 2019

The IRS budget is down 6% in 2011, which means less resources for tax season.
February 20, 2019

Most states plan to move up food stamp payments due to lingering shutdown pain
February 15, 2019

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