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Reinstatement of Pay-As-You-Go Is a Welcome Step toward Fiscal Responsibility
12/20/06
James Horney and Richard Kogan
HTML, PDF, 3pp.

Tax Cuts and Continued Consequences: States That Cut Taxes the Most during the 1990s Still Lag Behind
12/19/06
Nicholas Johnson and Brian Filipowich
HTML, PDF, 12pp.

The Current Services Baseline: A Tool for Making Sensible Budget Choices
12/14/06
Elizabeth McNichol and Ifie Okwuje
HTML, PDF, 11pp.

From Surplus to Deficit: Legislation Enacted Over the Last Six Years Has Raised the Debt by $2.3 Trillion
12/13/06
Richard Kogan and Matt Fiedler
HTML, PDF, 2pp.

Administration Policy Change Threatens Health Care Coverage for Poor Infants
Sarah deLone
Revised 12/11/06
HTML, PDF, 7pp.

Last-Minute Addition to Tax Package Would Make Health Savings Accounts More Attractive As Tax Shelters for High-Income Individuals
Edwin Park, Robert Greenstein and Joel Friedman
Revised 12/7/06
Full Report: HTML, PDF, 7pp.
Fact Sheet: HTML, PDF, 1pp.

Designing Solely State-Funded Programs: Implementation Guide for One “Win-Win” Solution for Families and States
Liz Schott and Sharon Parrott
12/7/06
HTML, PDF, 24pp.

Gifts That Keep On Giving: A Shopping List for Improving State Fiscal Policies in the 2007 Legislative Sessions
Nicholas Johnson
12/6/06
HTML, PDF, 4pp.

A Tough Recovery By Any Measure: New Data Show Consumer Expenditures Lag for Low- and Middle-Income Families
Jason Furman and Jared Bernstein
11/28/06
Full Report: HTML, PDF, 10pp.
Fact Sheet: HTML, PDF 2pp.

SCHIP Financing Update: In 2007, 17 States Will Face Federal Funding Shortfalls of $921 Million in Their SCHIP Programs
Matt Broaddus and Edwin Park
Revised 11/28/06
HTML, PDF, 4pp.

African American and Latino Families Face High Rates of Hardship
Arloc Sherman
11/21/06
Full Report: HTML, PDF, 6pp.
Press Release: HTML, PDF 1pp.

Together, State Minimum Wages and State Earned Income Tax Credits Make Work Pay
Jason A. Levitis and Nicholas Johnson
Revised 11/20/06
HTML, PDF, 11pp.

Medicaid Commission Recommendations Raise Serious Concerns
Edwin Park, Andy Schneider, and Judy Solomon
11/16/06
HTML, PDF, 2pp.

Which States Tax the Sale of Food for Home Consumption in 2006?
Revised 11/16/06
HTML, PDF, 2pp.

Administration Policy Change Threatens Health Care Coverage for Poor Infants
Sarah deLone
11/14/06
HTML, PDF, 5pp.

Medicaid Costs Are Growing More Slowly Than Costs For Medicare or Private Insurance
Leighton Ku
11/13/06
HTML, PDF, 7pp.

State Budgets: On the Edge?
Elizabeth C. McNichol and Iris J. Lav
Revised 11/8/06
HTML, PDF, 16pp.

Fixing the Housing Voucher Formula: A No-Cost Way to Strengthen the "Section 8" Program
11/2/06
Summary: HTML
Full Report: PDF, 13pp.
State Fact Sheets: HTML, 1 page each
Technical Appendix: PDF, 13pp.

Basic Questions and Answers about the Deficit
10/30/06
HTML, PDF, 3pp.

Dow Jones Industrial Average Not At Record High Once Inflation Is Taken Into Account Dow Still 14 Percent Below Its Peak
Jason Furman
Revised 10/30/06
HTML, PDF, 2pp.

Statement of Robert Greenstein, Executive Director, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, on the Commerce Department’s New GDP Figures
10/27/06
HTML, PDF, 1pp.

A Response to the Independence Institute’s Attack on "The Real Story Behind TABOR” Video
Karen Lyons
10/23/06
HTML, PDF, 13pp.

Coverage of Parents Helps Children, Too
Leighton Ku and Matt Broaddus
10/20/06
HTML, PDF, 9pp.

A Rising Number of State Earned Income Tax Credits Are Helping Working Families Escape Poverty
Ifie Okwuje and Nicholas Johnson
Revised 10/20/06
HTML, PDF, 6pp.

Recent Action by Congress Sets Up Larger Appropriations Cuts in Lame-Duck Session
James Horney, Martha Coven, and Matt Fiedler
10/13/06
HTML, PDF, 7pp.

Appropriations for 2006: Domestic Funding Continues to Shrink as a Percentage of the Economy and Is Now Below 2001 Levels
Richard Kogan
Revised 10/13/06
HTML, PDF, 5pp.

New Data Show Extraordinary Jump in Income Concentration in 2004
Aviva Aron-Dine and Isaac Shapiro
Revised 10/13/06
HTML, PDF, 3pp.

Job Growth Has Slowed Significantly In 2006: 2006 Rate Is Far Below the Average Rate Since World War II
Aviva Aron-Dine and Isaac Shapiro
Revised 10/13/06
HTML, PDF, 2pp.

Tax Cuts: Myths and Realities
Revised 10/12/06
HTML, PDF, 9pp.

Statement of Robert Greenstein, Executive Director, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, in Response to Announcement of the 2006 Deficit Figure
10/11/06
HTML, PDF, 1pp.

Deficit Announcement Masks Bigger Story: Long-Term Outlook Remains Bleak
Richard Kogan and James Horney
10/11/06
HTML, PDF, 3pp.

Public Housing Squeezed Between Higher Utility Costs and Stagnant Funding: Low-Income Families Will Bear Brunt of Shortfalls
Will Fischer
10/11/06
HTML, PDF, 10pp.

Double Jeopardy For Local Services Under TABOR: Property Tax Increases Are Likely Result
Karen Lyons and Iris J. Lav
Revised 10/5/06
Full Report: HTML, PDF, 9pp.
Press Release: HTML, PDF 2pp.
Fact Sheet: HTML, PDF 2pp.

An Introduction to Medicaid
10/2/06
HTML, PDF, 6pp.

The New Medicaid Citizenship Documentation Requirement: A Brief Overview
Revised 9/28/06
HTML, PDF, 4pp.

House Bill Would Make Health Savings Accounts More Attractive as Tax Shelters for High-Income Individuals
Edwin Park, Robert Greenstein and Joel Friedman
Revised 9/28/06
HTML, PDF, 7pp.

New Developments in HSAs: House Committee Approves Bill, Major New GAO Study
Revised 9/28/06
HTML, PDF, 4pp.

Survey Indicates House Bill Could Deny Voting Rights to Millions of U.S. Citizens
Robert Greenstein, Leighton Ku, and Stacy Dean
9/22/06
HTML, PDF, 4pp.

Is Medicaid Responsible for the Erosion of Employer-Based Health Coverage?
Leighton Ku and Matt Broaddus
9/22/06
HTML, PDF, 3pp.

GAO Study Confirms Health Savings Accounts Primarily Benefit High-Income Individuals
Edwin Park and Robert Greenstein
9/20/06
HTML, PDF, 9pp.

CBO Analysis Finds Increased Revenues Would Offset Increased Entitlement Costs under Senate Immigration Bill: Often-Cited Cost Figure of $126 Billion Reflects Misreading of the CBO Report
Robert Greenstein, Leighton Ku, James Horney, and Richard Kogan
9/15/06
HTML, PDF, 7pp.

House Proposal to Reform Earmarks Employs Double Standard, Largely Exempting Earmarks Packaged As Special Interest Tax Breaks
Richard Kogan and James Horney
9/14/06
HTML, PDF, 2pp.

The Illusion of Choice: Vulnerable Medicaid Beneficiaries Being Placed in Scaled-Back “Benchmark” Benefit Packages
Judith Solomon
9/14/06
HTML, PDF, 5pp.

Poverty Remains Higher, and Median Income for Non-Elderly Is Lower, Than When Recession Hit Bottom: Poor Performance Unprecedented For Four-Year Recovery Period
Revised 9/1/06
HTML, PDF, 7pp.

Documenting Citizenship and Identity Using Data Matches: A Promising Strategy for State Medicaid Programs
Leighton Ku, Donna Cohen Ross and Matt Broaddus
9/1/06
HTML, PDF, 11pp.

Why Immigrants Lack Adequate Access to Health Care and Health Insurance
Leighton Ku on behalf of the Migration Policy Institute
9/1/06
HTML

Nine Years of Neglect: Federal Minimum Wage Remains Unchanged for Ninth Straight Year, Falls to Lowest Level in More than Half a Century
Jared Bernstein and Isaac Shapiro
8/31/06
HTML, PDF, 7pp.

Since Last Minimum Wage Increase, Congress Has Reduced Estate Tax Burdens Eight Times: If No Further Action Is Taken, Estate Tax Exemption Will Still Increase By 2009 While Value of Minimum Wage Will Continue To Fall
Aviva Aron-Dine
Revised 8/30/06
HTML, PDF, 2pp.

The Number of Uninsured Americans Is at an All-Time High
8/29/06
HTML, PDF, 5pp.

How to Assess the Census Income and Poverty Numbers
Arloc Sherman and Robert Greenstein
8/29/06
HTML, PDF, 2pp.

A Short Guide to Dynamic Scoring
Jason Furman
Revised 8/24/06
HTML, PDF, 14pp.

Treasury Dynamic Scoring Analysis Refutes Claims by Supporters of the Tax Cuts
Jason Furman
Revised 8/24/06
HTML, PDF, 6pp.

Don't Pop the Corks: CBO Outlook for the Federal Budget Is Still Bleak
James Horney and Richard Kogan
8/17/06
HTML, PDF, 2pp.

TANF AT 10: Program Results are More Mixed than Often Understood
Sharon Parrott and Arloc Sherman
8/17/06
HTML, PDF, 16pp.

Even With New Budget Projections, Budget Deterioration From 2000-2006 Will Be the Largest 6-Year Deterioration in Half a Century
Richard Kogan and Matt Fiedler
Revised 8/17/06
HTML, PDF, 3pp.

Bipartisan Bill in House Would Make Marked Improvements in Housing Voucher Program: But Bill’s Waiver Provision Raises Concerns
Barbara Sard and Will Fischer
Revised 8/16/06
HTML, PDF, 16pp.

Implementing Direct Certification: States and School Districts Can Help Low-Income Children Get the Free School Meals for Which They Are Eligible
8/11/06
Summary: HTML
Full Report: PDF, 41pp.
 
Combined Effect of Senate Proposals Would Be to Finance Near-Repeal of the Estate Tax With Cuts in Medicare, Veterans Benefits, School Lunches, and Other Programs
Robert Greenstein, Richard Kogan
8/9/06
HTML, PDF, 4pp.

Gregg Bill Would Make Far-Reaching Changes in Budget Rules: Bill Would Aim Budget Knife at Domestic Programs While Shielding Tax Cuts From Fiscal Discipline
Robert Greenstein, James Horney, and Richard Kogan
Revised 8/9/06
HTML, PDF, 18pp.

Budget Process Bill Would Result in Deep Cuts in Medicare and Medicaid
Richard Kogan, Leighton Ku, Allison Orris, and Andy Schneider
Revised 8/9/06
HTML, PDF, 12pp.

New CBO Deficit Estimate Indicates That Without The Tax Cuts, the Budget Would Be Balanced
James Horney
8/8/06
HTML, PDF, 2pp.

Budget Process Bill Threatens Veterans’ Programs
Richard Kogan and Martha Coven
8/4/06
HTML, PDF, 7pp.

Latest Data on Minimum Wage Workers and Taxable Estates, by State
Joel Friedman
Revised 8/4/06
HTML, PDF, 2pp.

Comparing the House Minimum Wage and Estate Tax Proposals: Who Benefits and By How Much?
Joel Friedman and Aviva Aron-Dine
Revised 8/3/06
HTML, PDF, 2pp.

Latest Data on Minimum Wage Workers and Taxable Estates, by State
Joel Friedman
Revised 8/3/06
HTML, PDF, 2pp.

New House Estate Tax Plan Features Same Low Effective Tax Rates as Earlier Version: Proposal’s Benefits Would Go Primarily to Largest Estates
Aviva Aron-Dine and Joel Friedman
8/2/06
HTML, PDF, 3pp.

Putting Their Cards on the Table: Senate Budget Bill Indicates Intention to Pay for Tax Cuts by Sweeping Cuts in Programs for Middle- and Low-Income Households
Robert Greenstein and Isaac Shapiro
8/2/06
HTML, PDF, 8pp.

States Still Playing "Catch-Up" In New Budget
Elizabeth C. McNichol, Iris J. Lav, and Ifie Okwuje
8/2/06
HTML, PDF, 6pp.

Increases in Federal Revenues under Senate Immigration Bill Would More Than Offset Increased Costs for Federal Benefit Programs
Aviva Aron-Dine and Robert Greenstein
8/1/06
HTML, PDF, 2pp.

Another Commission? The Wolf Entitlement Commission Includes Favorable and Unfavorable Aspects
Richard Kogan
8/1/06
HTML, PDF, 8pp.

Rent Changes in Housing Bill Will Help Many Tenants
Will Fischer
Revised 8/1/05
Full Report: HTML, PDF, 8pp.
Appendix: PDF, 4pp.

Pension Conference Agreement Makes Retirement Tax Cuts Permanent But Fails To Offset Their Cost: Measure Could Set Precedent for Other Unpaid-for Tax-Cut Extensions
Robert Greenstein and Aviva Aron-Dine
Revised 7/31/06
HTML, PDF, 2pp.

Statement: Pension Conference Agreement Sets Undesirable Precedent for Extending Tax Cuts Permanently without Paying for Them
Robert Greenstein
Revised 7/31/06
HTML, PDF, 2pp.

House Estate Tax Proposal Has Essentially the Same Large Long-Term Cost As Earlier Version: Phase-Ins Mask Costs, But Underlying Policy Remains Unchanged
Joel Friedman and Aviva Aron-Dine
7/28/06
HTML, PDF, 4pp.

Statement: House Leadership Invokes “Martial Law,” Forcing Members to Vote on Key Bills Without Full Knowledge of What They Are Voting On: Move Represents Erosion of the Democratic Process
Robert Greenstein
7/28/06
HTML, PDF, 3pp.

A Smoking Gun: President’s Claim That Tax Cuts Pay for Themselves Refuted By Administration’s Own Analysis
James Horney
Revised 7/27/06
HTML, PDF, 2pp.

Claim That Tax Cuts "Pay For Themselves" Is Too Good To Be True: Data Show No "Free Lunch" Here
Richard Kogan and Aviva Aron-Dine
Revised 7/27/06
HTML, PDF, 7pp.

Press Release: House To Consider Restricting States’ Authority To Tax Corporate Profits: Bill Would Cost States $3 Billion Annually, Says CBO
7/24/06
HTML, PDF, 2pp.

Sunset Commission Proposals Would Not Provide "Good Government"
James Horney
7/21/06
HTML, PDF, 9pp.

Analysis of New Interim Final TANF Rules
Issued Jointly with the Center for Law and Social Policy
Elizabeth Lower-Basch, Evelyn Ganzglass, Elisa Minoff, Sharon Parrott, and Liz Schott
7/21/06
HTML, PDF, 34pp.

Proponents' Case for a Federally-Imposed Business Activity Tax Nexus Threshold Has Little Merit
Michael Mazerov
Revised 7/20/06
HTML, PDF, 14pp.

Senate “Line-Item Veto” Proposal Invites Abuse by Executive Branch
Richard Kogan
Revised 7/18/06
Fact Sheet: HTML, PDF, 2pp.
Full Report: HTML, PDF, 9pp.

Do Revenue Surprises Tell Us Much About The Cost of Tax Cuts?
Jason Furman
7/18/06
HTML, PDF, 4pp.

SOS (TABOR) Will Not Jumpstart Michigan’s Economy
Karen Lyons and Iris J. Lav
7/18/06
HTML, PDF, 11pp.

Pension Bill Conference Report May Make Some 2001 Tax Cuts Permanent without Offsetting Their Costs: Bill Could Set Precedent for Other Unpaid-For Tax-Cut Extensions
Robert Greenstein and Aviva Aron-Dine
7/17/06
HTML, PDF, 6pp.

Georgia’s Increased TANF Work Participation Rate Is Driven By Sharp Caseload Decline
Liz Schott
7/17/06
HTML, PDF, 8pp.

Saver’s Credit for Moderate-Income Families Would Fade Away over Time If Not Indexed for Inflation
Robert Greenstein and Joel Friedman
Revised 7/17/06
HTML, PDF, 5pp.

A State of Decline: What TASC Would Mean for Nevada
Karen Lyons
7/14/06
HTML, PDF, 9pp.

The Recent Upturn in Revenues and OMB's Mid-Session Review
Aviva Aron-Dine, Joel Friedman, Richard Kogan, and Isaac Shapiro
Revised 7/14/06
HTML, PDF, 10pp.

Revised Medicaid Documentation Requirement Jeopardizes Coverage for 1 to 2 Million Citizens
Leighton Ku
7/13/06
HTML, PDF, 4pp.

New HHS Regulations Focus Medicaid Documentation Requirement on U.S. Citizen Families
Judith Solomon and Andy Schneider
7/13/06
HTML, PDF, 6pp.

Inspector General Reports On HUD’s Moving to Work Demonstration Raise Serious Questions
Will Fischer and Barbara Sard
7/13/06
HTML, PDF, 6pp.

The Food Stamp Program Is Growing to Meet Need
Dorothy Rosenbaum
Revised 7/12/06
HTML, PDF, 6pp.

Press Release: Change in Medicaid Rules “Commendable,” But Further Changes Needed To Prevent Loss of Health Care Coverage by Poor Children and Parents
7/7/06
HTML, PDF, 2pp.

Children in Foster Care May Have to Delay Health Care Because of Federal Regulations on Citizenship Requirement
Pat Redmond
7/7/06
HTML, PDF, 4pp.

Proposed Discretionary Caps Would Hit States Hard
Arloc Sherman, James Horney, and Matt Fiedler
7/5/06
HTML, PDF, 33pp.
State-by-State Data Tables, 20pp.

Gregg Bill Would Make Far-Reaching Changes in Budget Rules: Bill Would Aim Budget Knife at Domestic Programs While Shielding Tax Cuts From Fiscal Discipline
Robert Greenstein, James Horney, and Richard Kogan
Revised 7/5/06
HTML, PDF, 18pp.

Press Release: Medicaid ID Rule Could Put Health Coverage at Risk for 3 to 5 Million U.S. Citizens Starting July 1: State-by-State Data Show Millions to Be Affected
Leighton Ku
6/30/06
HTML, PDF, 2pp.

CBPP Statement On the New TANF Regulations Issued Today By the Department of Health and Human Services
6/28/06
HTML, PDF, 2pp.

Combined Effect of Bills Moving In the Senate Would Be To Finance Near-Repeal Of The Estate Tax With Cuts In Medicare, Veterans Benefits, School Lunches, and Other Programs
Robert Greenstein, Richard Kogan
6/26/06
HTML, PDF, 4pp.

Senate Budget Process Legislation Embraces Misguided “45-Percent Trigger”
Robert Greenstein, Jim Horney, Richard Kogan and Edwin Park
6/26/06
HTML, PDF, 10pp.

Gregg Bill Would Make Far-Reaching Changes in Budget Rules: Bill Would Aim Budget Knife at Domestic Programs While Shielding Tax Cuts From Fiscal Discipline
Robert Greenstein, James Horney, and Richard Kogan
Revised 6/26/06
HTML, PDF, 18pp.

Policy Points: New Estate Tax "Compromise" Even Costlier Than Previous One
6/23/06
HTML, PDF, 3pp.

High Cost of Thomas Proposal Reflects the Low Effective Tax Rates Estates Would Face Proposal’s Benefits Would Go Primarily to Largest Estates
Joel Friedman and Aviva Aron-Dine
Revised 6/23/06
HTML, PDF, 3pp.

Thomas Estate Tax Proposal Still “Near Repeal”: Instead of Compromising, Proposal Tries to Have It Both Ways
Joel Friedman and Aviva Aron-Dine
Revised 6/23/06
HTML, PDF, 4pp.

Estate Tax "Compromise" Proposals May Endanger State Estate and Inheritance Taxes
Elizabeth C. McNichol
Revised 6/23/06
HTML, PDF, 4pp.

Using Information Technology to Document Citizenship in Medicaid
Leighton Ku
6/20/06
HTML, PDF, 4pp.

Buying Power of Minimum Wage at 51 Year Low: Congress Could Break Record For Longest Period Without an Increase
Jared Bernstein and Isaac Shapiro
6/20/06
HTML, PDF, 5pp.

Discretionary Caps in Gregg Bill Would Lead To Overly Deep Cuts: Proposed Caps Could Actually Hinder Enactment of Large-scale Deficit Reduction
James Horney, Robert Greenstein, and Richard Kogan
6/19/06
HTML, PDF, 7pp.

House "Line-Item Veto" Proposal Invites Abuse By Executive Branch
Richard Kogan
6/19/06
HTML, PDF, 8pp.

Biennial Budgeting: Do The Drawbacks Outweigh The Advantages?
Robert Greenstein and James Horney
6/16/06
HTML, PDF, 5pp.

The High Cost of Estate Tax Repeal
Joel Friedman
Revised 6/15/06
HTML, PDF, 4pp.

What the New Trustees’ Report Shows About Social Security
Jason Furman and Robert Greenstein
Revised 6/15/06
HTML, PDF, 6pp.

Food Stamps On-Line: A Review of State Government Food Stamp Websites
Revised 6/15/06
126K-HTML, 110K-PDF, 18pp.

New Estate Tax Anecdotes Dredge Up Old Myth That the Estate Tax Claims Half of an Estate
Aviva Aron-Dine and Joel Friedman
6/14/06
HTML, PDF, 2pp.

New Joint Tax Committee Estimates Show Modified Kyl Proposal Still Very Costly: True Cost Partially Masked
Joel Friedman and Aviva Aron-Dine
Revised 6/13/06
HTML, PDF, 4pp.

Administration Medicaid Rule Would Put Pressure on States to Reduce Benefits or Eligibility or to Lower Payments to Providers
Allison Orris and Andy Schneider
6/13/06
HTML, PDF, 4pp.

Administration's Argument Against Pay-As-You-Go For Tax Cuts Does Not Withstand Scrutiny
James Horney and Richard Kogan
6/13/06
HTML, PDF, 11pp.

Informing the Debate About Health Savings Accounts: An Examination of Some Misunderstood Issues
Edwin Park
6/13/06
HTML, PDF,10pp.

Health Savings Accounts Unlikely to Significantly Reduce Health Care Spending
Edwin Park
6/12/06
HTML, PDF, 4pp.

New Joint Committee On Taxation Estimates of Estate Tax Repeal Show Slightly Higher Costs
6/9/06
HTML, PDF, 1pp.

Cost of Estate Tax Compliance Does Not Approach the Total Level of Estate Tax Revenue
Joel Friedman and Ruth Carlitz
Revised 6/9/06
HTML, PDF, 2pp.

Estate Tax Repeal Would Decrease National Saving: Long-Run Impact on Economy Negligible and Possibly Negative
Aviva Aron-Dine
6/8/06
HTML, PDF, 4pp.

New Variant of Kyl Proposal with Graduated Rate Structure Still Virtually Tantamount To Repeal
Joel Friedman
6/7/06
HTML, PDF, 2pp.

Estate Tax Repeal - or Slashing The Estate Tax Rate - Would Substantially Reduce Charitable Giving
Aviva Aron-Dine
6/7/06
HTML, PDF, 2pp.

SCHIP Financing Update: In 2007, 17 States Will Face Federal Funding Shortfalls of $800 Million in Their SCHIP Programs
Matt Broaddus and Edwin Park
6/5/06
HTML, PDF, 3pp.

A “Mere” $300 Billion: Should a $300 Billion Deficit Be Considered a Victory?

Richard Kogan and Aviva Aron-Dine
Revised 6/5/06
HTML, PDF, 3pp.

Policy Points: The Coming Estate-Tax Showdown: Repeal, So-Called “Compromise,” Or Real Reform?

6/2/06
HTML, PDF, 2pp.

Estate Tax "Compromise" With 15 Percent Rate Is Little Different Than Permanent Repeal
Joel Friedman
Revised 6/2/06
HTML, PDF, 3pp.

The State of the Estate Tax as of 2006
Joel Friedman and Aviva Aron-Dine
Revised 6/2/06
HTML, PDF, 5pp.

West Virginia’s Medicaid Changes Unlikely To Reduce State Costs or Improve Beneficiaries’ Health
Judith Solomon
5/31/06
HTML, PDF, 7pp.

CBO Analysis Shows Heritage Foundation Claims on the Cost of Immigration Reform Are Greatly Exaggerated: Net Costs May Be Close to a Wash, Not $30 Billion Per Year
Leighton Ku and Stacy Dean
Revised 5/25/06
HTML, PDF, 5pp.

The EITC Should Not Be Denied to Workers Who Are Working Here Legally and Paying Taxes
Robert Greenstein, Aviva Aron-Dine, Allison Orris, and Isaac Shapiro
Revised 5/24/06
HTML, PDF, 3pp.

The House-Passed Budget Plan
Richard Kogan, James Horney, Joel Friedman, and Robert Greenstein
Revised 5/22/06
HTML, PDF, 8pp.

Contrary to President’s Claim, Large Majority of Americans Ultimately Will Lose From Tax Reconciliation Bill
Aviva Aron-Dine, Leonard E. Burman and Isaac Shapiro
5/17/06
Press Release: HTML, PDF, 1pp.
Full Report: HTML, PDF, 5pp.

Provision in Tax-Cut Bill Effectively Eliminates Income Limits on Roth IRAs: Establishes Major New Tax Shelter for High-Income Households
Aviva Aron-Dine and Robert Greenstein
Revised 5/15/06
HTML, PDF, 2pp.

Reconciliation Tax Cuts Would Average $43,000 for Households With Income Over $1 Million, But Only $20 for Middle-Income Households
Joel Friedman
Revised 5/12/06
Press Release: HTML, PDF, 1pp.
Full Report: HTML, PDF, 2pp.

Tax Reconciliation Agreement Distorted by Obsession with Capital Gains and Dividend Tax Cuts: Middle-Income Households To Receive Tax Cuts Averaging Only $20
Joel Friedman and Aviva Aron-Dine
Revised 5/11/06
HTML, PDF, 10pp.

Fact Sheet: Tax-Cut Reconciliation Agreement Severely Flawed
Revised 5/11/06
HTML, PDF, 1pp.

Statement of Robert Greenstein, Executive Director, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, on the Tax-Cut Reconciliation Agreement
Revised 5/11/06
HTML, PDF, 1pp.

CBPP Press Release: Rebuilding Aid for Neediest Katrina Victims Should be Retained in Final Supplemental Funding Bill New Rental Assistance is Unrelated to Earmarks or Increases in the Bill’s Cost
5/9/06
HTML, PDF, 2pp.

The Impact of Hawaii's Income Tax on Low-Income Families: An Update
Jason A. Levitis and Nicholas Johnson
5/4/06
HTML, PDF, 2pp.

Social Security and Inheritance: The Dubious Promise of Private Accounts
David Kamin and Jason Furman
5/3/06
HTML, PDF, 16pp.

Statement of Robert Greenstein, Regarding The Social Security And Medicare Trustees’ Report
5/1/06
HTML, PDF, 2pp.

Will The Administration Claim the Cost of Fixing Social Security Rose $700 Billion Because Congress Did Not Act Last Year?
Richard Kogan, Robert Greenstein, and Jason Furman
Revised 5/1/06
HTML, PDF, 3pp.

Trustees' Report Focuses Attention on Misguided Medicare "45-Percent Trigger"
Robert Greenstein, Richard Kogan, Edwin Park, and James Horney
Revised 5/1/06
HTML, PDF, 7pp.

Reforming Social Security Sooner Rather Than Later: Fact and Fiction
Jason Furman
4/28/06
HTML, PDF, 4pp.

Lessons from New Hampshire: Senate Health Bill Could Drive Up Health Insurance Premiums for Many Small Businesses
Edwin Park
4/26/06
HTML, PDF, 5pp.

Senate Health Bill Would Preempt States' Small Group Rating Rules
Mary Beth Senkewicz
4/26/06
HTML, PDF, 5pp.

Joint Tax Committee Estimate Shows That Tax Gimmick Being Designed To Evade Senate Budget Rules Would Increase Long-Term Deficits
Joel Friedman and Robert Greenstein
Revised 4/26/06
HTML, PDF, 7pp.

WIC Budget Proposal Would Discourage Cost Containment and Represents Unsound Policy
Zoё Neuberger and Robert Greenstein
Revised 4/26/06
HTML, PDF, 6pp.

A “Super” Bad Idea: Requiring a Two-thirds Legislative Supermajority to Raise Taxes Protects Special Interest Tax Breaks and Gives Budget Veto Power to a Small Minority of Legislators
Nicholas Johnson
4/25/06
HTML, PDF, 7pp.

President's 2007 Budget Renews Same Number Of Housing Vouchers Funded In 2006, But Many Local Programs Could Face Cuts Due to Flawed Funding Formula
Barbara Sard and Douglas Rice
Revised 4/25/06
Press Release: HTML, PDF, 2pp.
Full Report: HTML, PDF, 23pp.
State Fact Sheets

A Taxpayer Bill of Rights by Any Other Name: Montana's "Stop OverSpending" Proposal is a TABOR
Karen Lyons and Iris J. Lav
4/21/06
HTML, PDF, 7pp.

Proposed Line-Item Veto Legislation Would Invite Abuse by Executive Branch: President Could Continue Withholding Funds After Congress Voted to Release Them
Richard Kogan
Revised 4/21/06
HTML, PDF, 8pp.

The New Medicaid Citizenship Documentation Requirement: A Brief Overview
4/20/06
HTML, PDF, 4pp.

Social Security Administration Proposal To Revise Disability Determinations Is Not Justified
Eileen P. Sweeney and Arloc Sherman
4/18/06
HTML, PDF, 7pp.

Changing the Budget Rules: Administration’s New Rules Would Favor Tax Cuts Over All Other Budget Priorities
Richard Kogan
4/18/06
HTML, PDF, 16pp.

A Dubious Honor For Hawaii: Legislative Action in Alabama Moves Hawaii's Income Tax to the Top in Taxing Poor Working Families
Jason A. Levitis and Nicholas Johnson
4/17/06
HTML, PDF, 2pp.

School Meals Program Applications Online: Highlights of Ways to Reduce Access Barriers and Links to Available Materials
Zoё Neuberger, Leah Horowitz, and Yoon Chang
4/17/06
Full Report: HTML PDF, 27pp.
Appendix: PDF, 27pp.

Tax Foundation Figures Do Not Represent Middle-Income Tax Burdens: Figures May Mislead Policymakers, Journalists, and the Public
Joel Friedman, Aviva Aron-Dine, and Robert Greenstein
Revised 4/13/06
HTML, PDF, 6pp.

Closing the Tax Gap
Jason Furman
4/10/06
HTML, PDF, 4pp.

Federal Tax Burdens at Lowest Levels in Decades
Joel Friedman and Isaac Shapiro
4/10/06
HTML, PDF, 3pp.

Recent Tax and Income Trends Among High-Income Taxpayers
Joel Friedman, Isaac Shapiro, and Robert Greenstein
4/10/06
HTML, PDF, 8pp.

Tax Reform and Poverty
Jason Furman
4/10/06
HTML, PDF, 10pp.

Tax Foundation Estimates of State and Local Tax Burdens Are Not Reliable
Nicholas Johnson, Iris J. Lav, and Joseph Llobrera
4/10/06
HTML, PDF, 13pp.

The RSC Budget Plan: Republican Study Committee Plan Would Cut Domestic Programs Severely To Fund Deep Tax Cuts
Richard Kogan, Katharine Richards, and James Horney
4/6/06
HTML, PDF, 3pp.

How High Did The Senate Budget Resolution Set Domestic Discretionary Funding For 2007?
Revised 3/29/06
HTML, PDF, 2pp.

Poor Measurement: New Census Report on Measuring Poverty Raises Concerns
Jared Bernstein and Arloc Sherman
3/28/06
HTML, PDF, 7pp.

Joint Statement Opposing Potential Budget Gimmick
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the Committee for Economic Development, the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, and the Concord Coalition
3/28/06
HTML, PDF, 1pp.

Background on Potential Budget Gimmick in Tax Reconciliation Conference
3/28/06
HTML, PDF, 3pp.

Five-Year Discretionary Caps Would Be Unwise at This Time: Proposed Caps Would Lead to Overly Deep Cuts and Could Hinder Enactment of Large-scale Deficit Reduction
Robert Greenstein, Richard Kogan, and James Horney
3/27/06
HTML, PDF, 6pp.

The Capital Gains and Dividend Tax Cuts and The Economy
Aviva Aron-Dine and Joel Friedman
3/27/06
HTML, PDF, 11pp.

Education and Investment, Not TABOR, Fueled Colorado’s Economic Growth in 1990s
Karen Lyons and Nicholas Johnson
3/23/06
Full Report: HTML, PDF, 10pp.
Press Release: HTML, PDF 2pp.

Testimony Before the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Finance Committee On State Earned Income Tax Credits
Nicholas Johnson
3/22/06
HTML, PDF, 8pp.

A Faulty Fix: Repairing the "Ratchet" Will Not Repair TABOR
David Bradley, Karen Lyons, and Iris J. Lav
3/21/06
HTML, PDF, 8pp.

A Pay-As-You-Go Rule That Would Exempt All Tax Cuts Would Make a Mockery of Efforts to Restore Fiscal Discipline
Joel Friedman, Robert Greenstein, and James Horney
3/20/06
HTML, PDF, 2pp.

The Slowdown in Medicaid Expenditure Growth
Leighton Ku
3/16/06
HTML, PDF, 5pp.

"Joint Budget Resolution" Could Lead to Gridlock on Appropriations and Shift Power to the Executive Branch
Richard Kogan and James Horney
3/16/06
HTML, PDF, 2pp.

Proposed Cap Would Require Deep Cuts In Entitlement Programs
Richard Kogan and Robert Greenstein
3/16/06
HTML, PDF, 4pp.

Tax Cuts Proposed in President’s Budget Would Ultimately Cause Large State Revenue Losses
Iris J. Lav
3/16/06
HTML, PDF, 11pp.

The Same Old TABOR: Maine's "Taxpayer Bill Of Rights" Proposal Fails To Fix Flaws Of Colorado's TABOR
Iris J. Lav and Karen Lyons
3/16/06
HTML, PDF, 8pp.

The Skewed Benefits of the Tax Cuts, 2007-2016: If the Tax Cuts Are Extended, Millionaires Will Receive More than $600 Billion over the Next Decade
Aviva Aron-Dine and Joel Friedman
Revised 3/15/06
HTML, PDF, 10pp.

Extending Expiring Tax Cuts and AMT Relief Would Cost $3.3 Trillion Through 2016
Joel Friedman and Aviva Aron-Dine
Revised 3/15/06
HTML, PDF, 7pp.

Administration's Fiscal Year 2007 Budget Is Likely Still To Leave SCHIP Coverage For Low-Income Children In Jeopardy
Matt Broaddus
Revised 3/14/06
HTML, PDF, 4pp.

The Senate Budget Committee’s Budget Plan: A Brief Analysis
James Horney, Joel Friedman, and Robert Greenstein
3/13/06
HTML, PDF, 9pp.

President and Senate Budget Committee Embrace Misguided “45-Percent Trigger”
Robert Greenstein, Richard Kogan, Edwin Park, and James Horney
3/13/06
HTML, PDF, 9pp.

A HAND UP: How State Earned Income Tax Credits Help Working Families Escape Poverty In 2006
Ami Nagle and Nicholas Johnson
3/8/06
HTML, PDF, 42pp.

Has the Safety Net For the Poor Greatly Expanded over the Last Five Years? An Examination of Heritage Foundation Claims
Robert Greenstein
3/7/06
HTML, PDF, 4pp.

Revisiting State Tax Preferences for Seniors
Elizabeth C. McNichol
3/6/06
Full Report: HTML, PDF, 21pp.
Press Release: HTML, PDF 3pp.

Housing Needs of Many Low-Income Hurricane Evacuees Are Not Being Adequately Addressed
Will Fischer and Barbara Sard
Revised 2/27/06
HTML, PDF, 18pp.
Press Release: HTML, PDF

Program Cuts in the President's Budget: Cuts Grow Deeper Over Time and Will Hit States Hard
2/23/06
James Horney, Arloc Sherman, and Sharon Parrott
HTML, PDF
Program Cuts by State

The Impact of State Income Taxes on Low-Income Families in 2005
Jason A. Levitis and Nicholas Johnson
2/22/06
National Press Release: HTML, PDF
Full Report: HTML, PDF
State Fact Sheets
Hawaii Press Release: HTML, PDF

New Price Data Show Additional LIHEAP Funding Still Needed: Congressional Delay Endangers Poor Households
Aviva Aron-Dine
2/17/06
HTML, PDF, 1pp.

New Requirement For Birth Certificates or Passports Could Threaten Medicaid Coverage For Vulnerable Beneficiaries: A State-By-State Analysis
Leighton Ku and Matthew Broaddus
Revised 2/17/06
Full Report: HTML, PDF, 5pp.
Press Release: HTML, PDF, 2pp.

Survey Indicates Deficit Reduction Act Jeopardizes Medicaid Coverage for 3 to 5 Million U.S. Citizens
Leighton Ku
Revised 2/17/06
Full Report: HTML, PDF, 9pp.
Fact Sheet: HTML, PDF, 2pp.

Administration Defense of Health Savings Accounts Rests on Misleading Use of Statistics
Edwin Park and Robert Greenstein
2/16/06
HTML, PDF, 5pp.

The Cost and Coverage Impact of The President’s Health Insurance Budget Proposals
Jonathan Gruber
2/15/06
Full Report: HTML, PDF, 5pp.
Press Release: HTML, PDF, 2pp.

Administration Proposals To Hide Tax-Cut Costs
Joel Friedman and Robert Greenstein
2/14/06
HTML, PDF, 6pp.

The Administration’s Medicaid Proposals Would Shift Federal Costs to States
Andy Schneider, Leighton Ku, and Judith Solomon
2/14/06
Full Report: HTML, PDF, 8pp.
Press Release: HTML, PDF, 2pp.

President’s Budget Would Cut Food For Over 420,000 Low-Income Seniors
Dorothy Rosenbaum
Revised 2/14/06
HTML, PDF, 5pp.

The Hidden Cuts in Domestic Appropriations: OMB Data Reveal Deep Funding Cuts After 2007
Richard Kogan, Isaac Shapiro, and Katharine Richards
2/9/06
HTML, PDF, 19pp.

President Greatly Reduced His Health Proposals For Lower-Income Families While Expanding Health Benefits For The More Affluent
Jason Furman
2/8/06
HTML, PDF, 3pp.

Expansion in HSA Tax Breaks is Larger – and More Problematic – Than Previously Understood
Jason Furman
Revised 2/7/06
HTML, PDF, 12pp.

Federal Grants to States and Localities Cut Deeply In Fiscal Year 2007 Federal Budget
Iris J. Lav
2/7/06
HTML, PDF, 6pp.

The President’s Budget: A Preliminary Analysis
2/6/06
HTML, PDF

Effects of the Tax Reform Panel’s Proposals on Low- and Moderate-Income Households
Aviva Aron-Dine and Joel Friedman
2/3/06
HTML, PDF, 21pp.

How Much Would a State Earned Income Tax Credit Cost?
Jason A. Levitis
2/1/06
HTML, PDF, 3pp.

President’s Health Care Tax Cut Proposals Are Likely To Weaken Employer-Based Health Insurance, Primarily Benefit High-Income People, and Worsen Deficits
Edwin Park and Jason Furman
1/31/06
HTML, PDF, 7pp.

FEMA Misses Congressional Deadline to Issue Guidance On Continued Housing Assistance For Hurricane Victims: Displaced Families At Risk
Douglas Rice and Barbara Sard
1/31/06
HTML, PDF, 6pp.

Despite Inclusion of "Marriage-Promotion" Funding, Budget Bill Would Penalize States That Provide TANF Assistance to Poor Married Families
Sharon Parrott
1/31/06
HTML, PDF, 6pp.

Capital Gains and Dividend Tax Cuts: Data Make Clear That High-Income Households Benefit The Most
Joel Friedman and Katharine Richards
1/30/06
HTML, PDF, 5pp.

Latest Enrollment Data Still Fail to Dispel Concerns About Health Savings Accounts
Edwin Park and Robert Greenstein
Revised 1/30/06
HTML, PDF, 12pp.

New, Unnoticed CBO Data Show Capital Income Has Become Much More Concentrated at the Top
Isaac Shapiro and Joel Friedman
1/29/06
HTML, PDF, 4pp.

New CBO Data Indicate Growth in Long-Term Income Inequality Continues
Isaac Shapiro and Joel Friedman
1/29/06
HTML, PDF, 6pp.

New Congressional Budget Office Estimates Indicate Millions Of Low-Income Beneficiaries Would Be Harmed By Medicaid Provisions In Budget Bill
Edwin Park
1/29/06
HTML, PDF, 5pp.

Increases in CBO's Revenue Projections Do Not Show Tax Cuts Are Helping the Economy
Aviva Aron-Dine
1/27/06
HTML, PDF, 2pp.

Pulling Apart: A State-by-State Analysis of Income Trends
Jared Bernstein, Elizabeth McNichol, Karen Lyons
1/26/06
Full Report: PDF, 66pp.
Press Release: HTM, PDF, 2pp.
State Fact Sheets
State Data Tables

African Americans and Social Security: The Implications of Reform Proposals
William Spriggs and Jason Furman
1/18/06
Full Report: HTML, PDF, 14pp.
Press Release: HTML, PDF, 2pp.
Policy Brief: HTML, PDF, 4pp.

Summary of TANF Work Participation Provisions in the Budget Reconciliation Bill
Mark Greenberg and Sharon Parrott
1/18/06
HTML, PDF, 5pp.

Still Risky Business: South Carolina's Revised Medicaid Waiver Proposal
Judith Solomon
1/11/06
Full Report: HTML, PDF, 16pp.
Press Release: HTML, PDF, 2pp.

Senate and House Reconciliation Tax Packages: Nearly $100 Billion in Tax Cuts are on the Table
Joel Friedman
Revised 1/10/06
HTML, PDF, 7pp.

Assessing the Effects of the Budget Conference Agreement on Low-Income Families and Individuals
Sharon Parrott, Edwin Park, and Robert Greenstein
Revised 1/9/06
HTML, PDF, 10pp.

What Do Across-the-Board Cuts Mean for Domestic Appropriations?
Arloc Sherman and Richard Kogan
Revised 1/6/06
HTML, PDF, 28pp.

Why the Application of the Expected Across-the-Board Appropriations Cut to Defense is Likely to be Purely Cosmetic
Richard Kogan and James Horney
Revised 1/6/06
HTML, PDF, 2pp.

House Pension Bill Would Make Some 2001 Tax Cuts Permanent For The First Time
James Horney and Robert Greenstein
Revised 1/6/06
HTML, PDF, 11pp.

State Budgets Would Be Squeezed Under Budget Conference Agreement
Sharon Parrott, Nick Johnson and Leighton Ku
Revised 1/6/06
HTML, PDF, 2pp.

Drop in Deficit in 2005 Does Not Mean Tax Cuts Are Spurring Economic and Revenue Growth; New IRS Data Confirm Tax Cuts Lose Revenue
Richard Kogan, Isaac Shapiro, and Aviva Aron-Dine
Revised 1/6/06
HTML, PDF, 4pp.

Online Information About Key Low-Income Benefit Programs
Sharon Parrott
Updated 1/5/06
219K-HTML, 245K-PDF, 38pp.

New Medicaid Requirement Is Unnecessary and Could Impede Citizens' Coverage
Leighton Ku and Donna Cohen Ross
Revised 1/4/06
18K-HTML, 77K-PDF, 3pp.