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Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 03/05/2021 - 1:34pm
This week at CBPP, we focused on the economy, state budgets and taxes, federal taxes, health, and food assistance. On the economy, CBPP President Sharon Parrott released a statement outlining how the Senate’s American Rescue Plan would dramatically reduce hardship and begin to set the stage for a stronger recovery. Chad Stone and Matt Saenz reported that the labor market is weaker than headline numbers suggest. We updated our chart book tracking the post-Great Recession economy, our backgrounder on how many weeks of unemployment compensation are available, and our fact sheet tracking the COVID
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Parrott: Senate’s American Rescue Plan Would Dramatically Reduce Hardship, Begin to Set Stage for Stronger Recovery

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 5:20pm
The Senate should pass the bill as quickly as possible so that these critical relief measures can begin to reach those who need it.
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Some State Policymakers Pushing Tax Cuts Amid Widespread Hardship

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 2:42pm
Even as some states take steps to help people who are struggling the most due to the pandemic and recession, policymakers in some other states are doing exactly the opposite of what this crisis calls for: proposing extreme tax cuts that would primarily benefit the well-off, weaken the state’s ability to help those facing hard times, and worsen racial and economic inequities. Because of the pandemic, millions of people are going without enough food, facing eviction, and struggling to pay their utility bills and other household expenses. Millions of children have effectively lost a year of
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Streamlining Medicaid Renewals Through the Ex Parte Process

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 2:38pm
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services should provide detailed guidance and oversight to help states improve automatic Medicaid renewals using available data, through the ex parte process.
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Schools Need More Help to Reopen Safely

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 12:52pm
The COVID-19 relief bill being considered by Congress would provide schools with $130 billion in new flexible funds, the largest one-time federal investment in K-12 education in U.S. history.
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States Can Adopt or Expand Earned Income Tax Credits to Build Equitable, Inclusive Communities and Economies

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Wed, 03/03/2021 - 4:31pm
Twenty-nine states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico have enacted their own version of the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) to boost the incomes of people paid low wages. State EITCs build on the success of the federal credit by helping families afford the basics, reducing poverty, and helping families thrive in the long run through improved child and maternal health, school achievement, and other benefits. Because people of color, women, and immigrants are overrepresented in low-wage work, state EITCs are an important tool for advancing equity. With high numbers of families
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House COVID Relief Bill Includes Critical Expansions of Child Tax Credit and EITC

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Tue, 02/09/2021 - 2:51pm
These provisions would result in historic reductions of child poverty and provide timely income support for millions of people, including millions of essential workers.
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New USDA Guidance Clarifies States’ P-EBT Flexibility to Mitigate Child Hunger

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 02/04/2021 - 5:01pm

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued new guidance late last week to help states implement Pandemic EBT (P-EBT), which provides federally funded grocery benefits to replace the meals that children are missing when they’re not attending school or child care. It’s an important tool to reduce the staggering number of children not getting enough to eat.

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Next Relief Package Must Be Large Enough to Fight Virus, Relieve Hardship

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 02/04/2021 - 2:45pm

As policymakers debate the scope of the next federal response to COVID-19 and the economic crisis, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projected a stronger recovery than it projected in July of 2020 — partly due to previous relief legislation — but highlighted the challenges to a full recovery. Without further fiscal relief, CBO projected, the economy won’t reach its full-capacity potential until 2025.

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Budget Resolution Marks Important Step Toward Urgently Needed COVID Relief

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Wed, 02/03/2021 - 1:59pm

The House and Senate this week are considering the budget resolution for fiscal year 2021, a first step toward enacting much-needed COVID relief using the fast-track “reconciliation” process for high-priority fiscal legislation. The budget provides for a relief package costing up to $1.9 trillion and instructs various committees to craft the necessary legislation. Quickly advancing COVID relief legislation scaled to the challenges the nation faces isn’t just appropriate; it’s essential.

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States Should Decouple From New Federal Tax Break for PPP Loans

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Wed, 02/03/2021 - 10:27am

A new federal tax break for businesses receiving federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans could also give these businesses a new state tax break in many states unless the state acts to prevent it, as some are considering. That wouldn’t mean a “tax increase on small businesses,” despite media stories and state business lobby claims to the contrary.

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Gonzales: Biden’s Immigration Action Reflects Vision of Our Nation as One That Welcomes Immigrants

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Tue, 02/02/2021 - 1:10pm
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CBPP today released a statement from Shelby Gonzales, Director of Immigration Policy, on President Biden’s announcement regarding the “public charge” rule:

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Gonzales: La Acción sobre Inmigración de Biden Refleja la Visión de Nuestra Nación como Una que da la Bienvenida a los Inmigrantes

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Tue, 02/02/2021 - 1:06pm

Las acciones que va a tomar el presidente Biden hoy representan un paso importante para garantizar que los Estados Unidos, nuevamente, les dé la bienvenida a personas que desean construir una vida en este país. También garantizan que los inmigrantes y familiares que ya estén aquí puedan acceder a cuidado médico y otros servicios vitales.

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States to Get Enhanced Medicaid Funding Through 2021

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Mon, 02/01/2021 - 3:43pm

The Biden Administration intends to keep the national Public Health Emergency (PHE) in place through “at least” 2021, the Department of Health and Human Services recently told governors, and that has important implications for states.

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Additional Funding Needed for Legal Service Corporation

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Mon, 02/01/2021 - 2:25pm

Policymakers should provide at least $100 million in additional funding for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) for this fiscal year in the face of rising need, which would help low-income people cope with urgent legal problems arising from COVID-19 and the resulting economic crisis.

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Letter: Economic Think Tank Leaders Urge Policymakers to Pass Robust COVID Relief to Control the Virus, Address Hardship, Boost Economy

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Mon, 02/01/2021 - 11:26am

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi
H-232, The Capitol
Washington, DC 20515

Majority Leader Chuck Schumer
S-221, The Capitol
Washington, DC 20510

Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy
H-204, The Capitol
Washington, DC 20515

Minority Leader Mitch McConnell
S-230, The Capitol
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Speaker Pelosi, Leader Schumer, Leader McConnell, and Leader McCarthy:

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For Struggling Renters: Housing Vouchers for All Who Need Them

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Mon, 02/01/2021 - 10:03am

Policymakers can best help renters afford stable housing during the current crisis and beyond by making Housing Choice Vouchers available to more low-income people — and ultimately to all households that need them, as President Biden has proposed.

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In Case You Missed It...

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 01/29/2021 - 4:14pm

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

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Gaps in Economic Support for Non-Elderly Adults Without Children Continue to Leave Millions in Poverty, Data Show

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 01/29/2021 - 3:03pm

Non-elderly adults without children, one of the largest demographic groups in the United States, are left out of many economic and health security programs that are effective at reducing poverty and expanding access to health coverage for other groups.

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Executive Summary: A Frayed and Fragmented System of Supports for Low-Income Adults Without Minor Children

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 01/28/2021 - 2:08pm

The nation’s basic supports for low-income, non-elderly adults without children are weak, fragmented, and often highly restrictive, leaving many of these individuals without help they need to afford the basics.

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