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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.

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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.

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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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In Case You Missed It...

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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President’s 2021 Budget Would Cut Food Assistance for Millions and Radically Restructure SNAP

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Tue, 02/18/2020 - 11:06am

President Trump’s 2021 budget proposes to cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) by more than $180 billion — nearly 30 percent — over the next ten years by radically restructuring how benefits are delivered, taking SNAP away from millions of adults who are not working more than 20 hours a week, and reducing benefits for many other households.[1] The budget also includes two proposals to curtail students’ access to free and reduced-price school meals.

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Risky Tax Plans Threaten Harm to Georgia Families, Core Services

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Tue, 02/18/2020 - 8:26am

Georgia started its legislative session facing possible cuts in key services due to a budget crisis, but lawmakers are nevertheless considering a pair of risky tax plans that would make the crisis even worse. The legislature should reject both tax packages to avoid any further harm to essential services and the families they serve.

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In Case You Missed It...

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 02/14/2020 - 4:11pm

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

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Medicare in the 2021 Trump Budget

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 02/13/2020 - 4:42pm

President Trump’s 2021 budget proposes about $500 billion in net Medicare spending reductions over ten years (see table), most of which would come from reducing payments to health care providers and not affect beneficiaries directly.

For the most part, the budget does not reflect the President’s efforts to end the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or his executive order calling for various Medicare changes. These policies, which a budget would typically include, would weaken Medicare in several ways.

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President’s Budget Would Hurt People With Disabilities

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Wed, 02/12/2020 - 5:17pm

President Trump’s 2021 budget would make it harder for millions of people with disabilities to afford such basics as food, housing, and health care by cutting tens of billions of dollars from disability programs, including Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

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Trump’s Budget Threatens States and Their Residents

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Wed, 02/12/2020 - 4:53pm

President Trump’s 2021 budget would slice federal aid to state and local governments that provides health care, K-12 education, and more.

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Trump Budget Would Hurt Older Americans

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Wed, 02/12/2020 - 2:56pm

Older Americans are among the many groups that President Trump’s proposed 2021 budget would seriously harm. While running for president, Trump repeatedly promised not to cut Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid, which serve tens of millions of seniors — and he made a similar promise at his State of the Union just last week.

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Stronger Working-Family Tax Credits Can Help Puerto Rico Bounce Back

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Wed, 02/12/2020 - 11:17am

Several bills in Congress, including the Economic Mobility Act that the House Ways and Means Committee approved last summer and the earthquake disaster package that the House passed last week, would give a significant boost to Puerto Rico’s low- and moderate-income families by strengthening the Commonwealth’s Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the federal Child Tax Credit as it applies to Puerto Rico residents. Those changes would provide important help to Puerto Rico in navigating a complicated recovery process that involves much more than natural disasters.

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President’s “Health Reform Vision”: $1 Trillion in Cuts, No Plan to Protect People With Pre-Existing Conditions

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Tue, 02/11/2020 - 4:40pm

For months, the Administration has promised that it has a plan for Americans’ health care if it wins its lawsuit seeking to eliminate the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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