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Cassidy-Sinema “Paid Family Leave” Proposal Offers Loan, Not Leave

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Mon, 10/21/2019 - 5:13pm

The bill offers a loan that families would have to repay, not a new benefit, and provides no new job protection for workers seeking to take time off.

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Tax Fix for Restaurant, Retail Owners Shouldn’t Leave Out Millions of Their and Other Workers

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 4:59pm

Policymakers should accompany any provision to aid restaurant and retail owners with provisions to help millions of people who work hard for low pay in restaurants, retail stores, and elsewhere by expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the low-income part of the Child Tax Credit.

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In Case You Missed It...

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 3:40pm

This week at CBPP, we focused on housing, full employment, and the economy.

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Trump Administration’s Proposed Rule Would Perpetuate Racist and Discriminatory Housing Practices

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 2:09pm

A new proposed rule from the Trump Administration’s Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) would make it significantly harder for families to fight housing policies and practices that restrict access to housing or perpetuate disparities for certain people.

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Got Work? The Highly Responsive Labor Supply of Low-Income, Prime-Age Workers

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 10/17/2019 - 4:16pm

Do low-wage workers respond to high-pressure labor markets by increasing their labor supply? What evidence is there that tight job markets pull in such workers? We find highly cyclical responses to both the extensive and intensive margins of labor supply for low-income, prime-age persons.

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In Case You Missed It...

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 10/11/2019 - 2:05pm

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

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Expanding Family Tax Credits Would Boost Incomes of Millions of Latino Households

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 10/11/2019 - 10:22am

Latino communities across America come together between mid-September and mid-October to celebrate their diverse cultures and share their traditions. But Hispanic Heritage Month also offers a chance to recognize that expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit could benefit millions of Latino families nationwide.

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Latest Trump Move to Thwart Legal Immigration Undermines Health Coverage

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 10/10/2019 - 4:52pm

A recent presidential proclamation will require certain people seeking to immigrate lawfully to the United States to prove they have health insurance, can quickly sign up for it, or can pay for any reasonably anticipated medical expenses.

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Long-Term Budget Outlook Has Improved Substantially Since 2010 But Remains Challenging

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 10/10/2019 - 11:05am

The nation’s projected long-term finances have notably improved, largely due to significant reductions in prospective health care cost growth and interest rates.

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Senate Committee Would Underfund Health, Job Training, Education Programs

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Tue, 10/08/2019 - 3:23pm

The Senate Appropriations Committee proposes to cut 2020 funding for the departments of Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and Education by $2.7 billion below the 2019 level in inflation-adjusted terms, even though the President and Congress agreed this summer to increase overall non-defense discretionary (NDD) funding for 2020.

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Census: Income Gains Uneven Across States, Racial and Ethnic Groups

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Tue, 10/08/2019 - 3:23pm

Fewer Americans struggled to make ends meet in 2018, but progress on income growth was felt unevenly across states as well as racial and ethnic groups, new data from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey show. This drives home the need for states to advance policies that create broad prosperity and tear down barriers to economic opportunity.

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Housing Aid a Rare Bright Spot in Senate Funding Bills, But More Needed

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Tue, 10/08/2019 - 12:59pm

The Senate Appropriations Committee-approved bill to fund the departments of Transportation as well as Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides enough resources to continue assisting the 5 million low-income seniors, families with children, and others who rely on federal rental assistance to afford a decent, stable place to live.

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Policymakers Should Protect SNAP From Funding Shortfalls — This Year and Beyond

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Tue, 10/08/2019 - 12:55pm

As the President and Congress turn this fall to finalizing the full-year appropriations bills to fund the government, they should make the changes that they’ve failed to make so far to protect SNAP from possible funding shortfalls.

In addition, if policymakers need to enact another short-term continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government when the current CR expires on November 21, they should make the changes necessary to ensure that if a shutdown occurs when the next CR ends, SNAP beneficiaries won’t experience benefit delays — as they did earlier this year.

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Senate Bill Would Cut Social Security Operations Again

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Mon, 10/07/2019 - 12:17pm

This summer’s budget deal between President Trump and congressional leaders offers enough total discretionary dollars to give the Social Security Administration (SSA) a much-needed funding boost in 2020, but the Senate majority plans to cut $2.7 billion in inflation-adjusted dollars from the appropriations bill that funds SSA

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High Cost of IRS Cuts: Weakened Tax Enforcement

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Mon, 10/07/2019 - 11:26am

The IRS didn’t collect billions of unpaid employment taxes due to inadequate funding for a key compliance program, a new report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) finds. It shows that deep IRS funding cuts over the last decade have weakened the agency’s ability to perform its core functions: collecting taxes and enforcing tax laws.

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In Case You Missed It...

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 10/04/2019 - 4:28pm

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

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In Case You Missed It...

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 09/27/2019 - 2:19pm

This week at CBPP, we focused on housing, the federal budget, health, and the economy.

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Census: Income-Rent Gap Grew in 2018

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 09/27/2019 - 10:40am

The gap between median renter income and median rent widened in 2018, new Census data show, with median rent rising 2.1 percent in inflation-adjusted terms but median renter household income rising just 1.6 percent, to $40,500. Today’s data underscore the continued need for additional federal rental assistance.

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Tennessee Block Grant Proposal Threatens Care for Medicaid Beneficiaries

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Wed, 09/25/2019 - 11:36am

Earlier this year, the Tennessee legislature enacted a bill requiring the governor to seek federal approval to convert federal funding for much of its Medicaid program (TennCare) to a block grant. On September 17, Governor Bill Lee released a Medicaid waiver proposal that would radically change TennCare.

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In a Recession, Put Deficit Concerns Aside

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Mon, 09/23/2019 - 3:59pm

The economy is in the 124th month of the longest expansion on record, and while expansions don’t die from old age alone, fears are rising that a recession may be on the horizon. Recessions can hurt workers and their families in many ways, so policymakers should try to make them as short and shallow as possible. That means temporarily shelving longer-term deficit concerns and enacting anti-recessionary fiscal measures — namely, targeted spending increases and tax cuts — that raise deficits in the short term.

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