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

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.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

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

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.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

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

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.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Senate Bill Would Cut Social Security Operations Again

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

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

High Cost of IRS Cuts: Weakened Tax Enforcement

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.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

In Case You Missed It...

Fri, 10/04/2019 - 4:28pm

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

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

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