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President-Elect’s Plan Includes Vital EITC Increase for Adults Not Raising Children

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 01/15/2021 - 3:53pm

The emergency relief plan that President-elect Biden announced yesterday would expand the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for over 17 million adults not raising children at home who work hard at important, but low-paid, jobs. The EITC is a highly successful wage subsidy that’s earned bipartisan support over the years, but the current credit largely excludes adults who aren’t raising children in their homes, and it completely excludes young childless adults trying to gain a toehold in the labor market. The President-elect’s plan recognizes that now’s the time to fix this glaring flaw.

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In Case You Missed It...

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 01/15/2021 - 3:48pm

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

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Federal Interest Payments — the Cost of Debt — Are Low

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 01/15/2021 - 2:36pm

Concerns about growing federal debt should not dissuade policymakers from enacting additional measures to respond to COVID-19 and the economic crisis it spurred, such as those President-elect Biden proposed yesterday. Although the debt is expected to reach new highs even without those measures, federal interest payments — which are the inescapable cost of debt — are low and projected to remain so for many years due to historically low interest rates.

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On Health Care, Biden Administration Must Reverse Trump’s Sabotage

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 01/15/2021 - 2:04pm

President Trump sought to repeal the Affordable Care Act and, short of achieving full repeal, his Administration took many steps to undermine coverage and limit access to care — as we outline in a new brief (summarizing our comprehensive Sabotage Watch tracker). The Biden Administration will need to reverse these policies to achieve its goals of expanding health coverage and improving health equity.

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The Trump Administration’s Health Care Sabotage

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 01/15/2021 - 11:54am

Along with pushing for full ACA repeal, President Trump also took administrative actions throughout his time in office that caused people to lose coverage or made coverage less comprehensive or less affordable.

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Parrott: President-Elect Biden’s Relief Plan Meets Urgency of Health and Economic Crisis

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 01/14/2021 - 8:19pm

President-elect Biden’s emergency relief proposal is a substantial, responsible plan that would significantly reduce the hardship that millions of people across the country are now facing.

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Administration Should Act to Expand and Improve Health Coverage

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 01/14/2021 - 5:44pm

Alongside legislation to expand health coverage and make it more affordable, the Biden Administration can take administrative actions to reduce the uninsured rate, begin to address disparities in health coverage, and improve the affordability and quality of coverage for many people.

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Cutting State Income Taxes Counterproductive to Prosperity, Racial Justice

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 01/14/2021 - 11:58am

As states enter their 2021 legislative sessions, lawmakers in several states including Arkansas, Mississippi, Montana, and West Virginia are calling for cutting personal income taxes. This would sap revenues needed for an effective response to the COVID-19 pandemic and threaten states’ recovery from the recession. And, by weakening state finances, it would undermine efforts to advance racial justice — just when growing understanding of the nation’s shameful history of racism, as well as white supremacist opposition to American democracy itself, demand the opposite approach.

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Jobs Recovery Stalled in December, Highlighting Importance of Further Relief and Stimulus Measures

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Mon, 01/11/2021 - 12:40pm

The jobs recovery that began in May 2020 had run out of steam by the time the end-of-year legislation was enacted, the latest jobs report shows.

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In Case You Missed It...

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 01/08/2021 - 4:21pm

This week at CBPP, we released a statement from CBPP President Sharon Parrott on the events of January 5-6 in Georgia and Washington, D.C., stating that our democracy’s peaceful levers of change, not lies and violence, should be celebrated and strengthened.

Our analyses this week focused on poverty and inequality, food assistance, state budgets and taxes, the economy, health, and Social Security.

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Hardship Growing as Pandemic Enters 11th Month, New Census Figures Show

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 01/08/2021 - 12:48pm

A large and growing number of people are struggling to meet basic needs, according to Census Bureau Household Pulse Survey data released this week, and households with children in particular have had trouble affording enough food.

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Parrott: Our Democracy’s Peaceful Levers of Change, Not Lies and Violence, Should Be Celebrated and Strengthened

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 01/07/2021 - 1:30pm

While we are relieved that some sense of democratic order was restored, we remain deeply troubled by the events of this day and the fractures in our country they reveal once again.

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Using Data Matching and Targeted Outreach to Enroll Families With Young Children in WIC

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Tue, 01/05/2021 - 3:27pm
Key Findings
  • Data matching effectively identifies large numbers of adjunctively eligible families who are not participating in WIC
  • Text outreach can positively impact WIC certification rates, particularly for Medicaid participants
  • Texting is a practical mode of communicating with WIC-eligible families
  • Parts of the WIC certification process pose barriers to adjunctively eligible families
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In Case You Missed It...

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 12/24/2020 - 12:49pm

Our site will slow down posting material for the next week-plus, but we’ll be back on our regular schedule when we return after New Year’s. We wish you and your loved ones a happy and safe holiday season.

This week at CBPP, we focused on poverty and inequality and food assistance.

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Greenstein: Bipartisan Agreement Provides Urgently Needed Relief

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Mon, 12/21/2020 - 5:00pm

Millions of struggling people cannot wait any longer. Despite its gaps, the bipartisan COVID relief agreement should be enacted without any further delay.

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In Case You Missed It...

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 12/18/2020 - 3:48pm

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

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Policy Basics: Aid to the Aged, Blind, and Disabled

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 12/18/2020 - 10:57am

Puerto Rico residents don’t have the same access to federal assistance programs as people in the mainland United States. For instance, key nutrition assistance and health coverage programs exist in limited form in Puerto Rico, providing substantially lesser benefits and services than in the rest of the country due to funding constraints.

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Program Participation Data Dashboard

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 12/18/2020 - 9:02am

These links and interactive tables provide state-by-state data on participants in a variety of programs for families and individuals living with low income.

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P-EBT Gives States an Important Way to Help Hungry Children

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 12/17/2020 - 3:43pm

Massachusetts yesterday became the first state to receive federal approval to issue benefits through the Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) program to replace the free or reduced-price meals that children are missing at school during this school year, but every other state has the authority and experience to begin issuing P-EBT benefits as well.

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Pandemic Hardship Worsening as Relief Programs Near End

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 12/17/2020 - 3:25pm

With the holiday season upon us and federal unemployment benefits for more than 12 million jobless workers expiring the day after Christmas, a growing number of households are under severe financial strain.

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