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Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 03/06/2020 - 2:48pm

This week at CBPP, we focused on health, food assistance, the federal budget, family income support, and the economy.

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Trump Budget Seeks Deep Non-Defense Appropriations Cuts, in Break With Bipartisan Agreement

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 03/05/2020 - 2:03pm

This budget category supports veterans’ medical care, aid to education, environmental protection, low-income housing, scientific research, infrastructure, public health, national parks, justice and law enforcement, and job training.

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Trump Administration Inviting Medicaid Block Grants, Undermining Access to Behavioral Health Care

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 03/05/2020 - 10:22am

The Trump Administration’s new guidance inviting states to apply for federal waivers to convert their Medicaid programs for adults into block grants — with capped federal funding and new authority to cut coverage and benefits — would put coverage and access to

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Boost TANF to Reduce Deep Poverty Among Children

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Wed, 03/04/2020 - 4:56pm

The share of children of color living in deep poverty (below half the poverty line) rose in the decade after a 1996 law created the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant and weakened other anti-poverty programs, my colleagues have found. TANF, which replaced Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC), has deteriorated since then, as we’ve detailed in recent papers on TANF’s spending, benefit levels, and reach to families in poverty.

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Court Hearing Suit to Block Trump Rule Ending Food Assistance for Nearly 700,000

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Wed, 03/04/2020 - 1:22pm

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia will hear arguments tomorrow on a lawsuit to stop a new Trump Administration rule that would eliminate food assistance for nearly 700,000 low-income adults, according to the Administration’s own estimate.

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Michigan Nearing Large Medicaid Coverage Losses Due to Work Requirements

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Tue, 03/03/2020 - 4:34pm

Some 80,000 Michiganders are in danger of becoming uninsured beginning May 31 due to the state’s new policy of taking Medicaid coverage away from people who don’t meet a work requirement, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced last week.

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Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 02/28/2020 - 4:07pm

This week at CBPP, we focused on poverty and inequality, family income support, health, food assistance, state budgets and taxes, federal taxes, and the economy.

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Correcting the Record: Medicaid Block Grants Would Affect More Than Healthy Adults

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 02/28/2020 - 12:44pm

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar says that our analysis of how the Trump Administration’s “Healthy Adult Opportunity” Medicaid block grant proposal would affect pregnant women, low-income parents, and people with disabilities is incorrect, claiming that block grants would only affect “healthy adults” and wouldn’t affect people’s eligibility for coverage. He’s wrong on both counts.

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States Look to Expand Opportunity by Taxing More Wealth, High Incomes

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 02/27/2020 - 3:46pm

Responding to extreme wealth concentration, states are considering taxing the assets of the very wealthy — such as stocks, bonds, real estate, boats, and jewelry — more heavily while closing loopholes and ending other special tax benefits that shield many of these assets and other income from state and local taxes.

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New Jersey Governor’s Medicaid Fee Proposal Would Create Unintended Incentive for Job Discrimination, Harm Workers

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 02/27/2020 - 2:35pm

The proposal would give employers a significant, if unintended, financial incentive to avoid hiring or retaining workers who receive Medicaid.

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Congressional Black Caucus’s Push for Childless Workers’ EITC, Then and Now

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 02/27/2020 - 10:39am

As we celebrate the contributions of African Americans this month, we’d like to highlight a policy area where the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) — created in 1971, a year after the first observance of Black History Month — has played a pivotal role and where many of its members are now working to build on past achievements. It’s the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), particularly the EITC for working people who aren’t raising minor children in their home but are working hard for low wages and trying to gain a foothold in the economy.

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Policymakers Can Boost Very Young Children’s Nutrition, Health

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 02/27/2020 - 10:27am

A new bill from Senator Sherrod Brown would support states’ efforts to enroll more low-income families in WIC.

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Policy Brief: Deep Poverty Among Children Rose in TANF’s First Decade, Then Fell as Other Programs Strengthened

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Wed, 02/26/2020 - 1:01pm

Stronger income support policies are needed to make further progress.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Deep Poverty Among Children Rose in TANF’s First Decade, Then Fell as Other Programs Strengthened

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Tue, 02/25/2020 - 12:43pm

Stronger income support policies are needed to make further progress.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

President’s Budget Previews Administrative Actions That Would Weaken Medicaid

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Tue, 02/25/2020 - 10:53am

The President’s 2021 budget outlines Medicaid changes the Administration plans to make unilaterally, using executive authority, that will eliminate health coverage for many people, cut benefits for others, and make it harder for states to administer their programs.

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Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 02/21/2020 - 4:50pm

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

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Trump Would Cut TANF by $21 Billion, Impose Harmful Spending Restrictions

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 02/21/2020 - 10:41am

In his new budget, President Trump proposes to cut Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) by $21 billion over ten years, which would leave many families with less assistance when they fall on hard times. The cuts include a 10 percent reduction in the annual block grant funding for states and an end to the $608 million TANF Contingency Fund, which gives states additional funds at times of economic distress.

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Resources to Help Gig Workers Understand Taxes

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Wed, 02/19/2020 - 2:52pm

The gig economy has grown to about a quarter of all workers, but their participation in it varies widely: while 1 in 10 workers relies on gig work for their primary income, most gig workers are active just a few months in a year.

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Budget Exposes Trump Administration’s Empty Rhetoric on Homelessness, Fair Housing

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Tue, 02/18/2020 - 3:17pm

The Trump Administration has said that it wants to help communities address the nation’s serious housing affordability challenges, but the President’s 2021 budget would do the opposite, slashing housing assistance and community development aid next year by $8.6 billion, or 15.2 percent (not counting the impact of inflation).

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Trump 2021 Budget Roundup

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Tue, 02/18/2020 - 12:17pm

Here are the CBPP statements, blog posts, and papers to date on President Trump’s 2021 budget; we’ll update this list as we issue more analyses:

Greenstein: President Trump’s 2021 Budget Would Widen Country’s Divisions

In the face of a bitterly divided country that needs healing, President Trump today threw gasoline on the fire by releasing a stunningly harsh budget that would tear us further apart.

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