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Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 05/14/2021 - 4:08pm
This week at CBPP, we focused on state taxes, federal taxes, health, housing, food assistance, and the economy. On state taxes, Whitney Tucker pointed out several states that are making equity-focused tax choices. Wesley Tharpe highlighted our top state tax charts. On federal taxes, Chuck Marr, Samantha Jacoby, George Fenton, and Sam Washington detailed how President Biden’s proposals would reduce the large tax advantages for those at the top and address the tax gap. On health, Tara Straw, Jesse Cross-Call, Gideon Lukens, and Matt Broaddus explained why recovery legislation should build on the
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More States Making Equity-Focused Tax Choices

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 05/14/2021 - 11:18am
Lawmakers should note recent advances across the country in making state tax systems fairer.
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Recovery Legislation Should Build On Affordable Care Act Improvements in Coverage for Adults Over 55

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 05/13/2021 - 4:00pm
Under the ACA, older adults’ uninsured rate has dropped by a third, indicators of their health and wellness have improved, and they’re now protected from coverage exclusions and cost increases due to pre-existing conditions.
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Tax Day 2021: Top State Tax Charts

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Wed, 05/12/2021 - 11:22am
Tax Day, which comes about a month later than usual this year, is an opportunity to take a close look at how tax and spending choices made in state capitals affect people’s lives. Smart tax and spending policies can improve family well-being, foster more vibrant local communities, and help states build more prosperous and equitable economies for all. This year, perhaps more than most, policymakers at all levels face monumental fiscal choices whose impact — whether for good or for ill — could linger for decades. States are still wrestling with the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting
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Rescue Plan’s Premium Tax Credit Improvements Help Now and at Next Tax Filing

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Wed, 05/12/2021 - 9:56am
People who buy coverage in the health insurance marketplaces, including at HealthCare.gov, will get a bigger tax credit to reduce their premiums in 2021 and 2022 under the American Rescue Plan, and some will see savings on their 2020 tax returns due May 17. The Rescue Plan provides immediate tax relief to people who would otherwise need to repay some or all of their premium tax credit because they misjudged their 2020 income. Most enrollees take the credit in advance to defray upfront premium costs. The amount of the advance credit is based on their projected income for the year. If their
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Biden Proposals Would Reduce Large Tax Advantages for Those at the Top, Address Tax Gap

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Tue, 05/11/2021 - 2:15pm
Income and wealth have become increasingly concentrated in recent decades as the fortunes of those at the very top have surged.
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Expanding Housing Vouchers Would Cut Poverty and Reduce Racial Disparities

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Tue, 05/11/2021 - 1:44pm
Housing Choice Vouchers help low-income families, seniors, and people with disabilities nationwide afford adequate, stable housing, but continued insufficient funding prevents the program from reaching almost 15 million low-income people of color who live in rental housing and face unaffordable housing costs. Our nation’s long history of racism and discrimination has created unequal education, employment, and housing opportunities for people of color. As a result, housing problems, including high rental cost burdens, overcrowding, evictions, and homelessness, fall disproportionately on people
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Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 05/07/2021 - 4:05pm
This week at CBPP, we focused on health, the economy, housing, state budgets and taxes, federal taxes, family income support, and poverty and inequality. On health, Judith Solomon wrote that federal action is needed to close the Medicaid “coverage gap” for low-income people in states that have not expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Solomon and Jennifer Wagner showed that continuous eligibility in Medicaid keeps people insured and reduces costs. We updated our fact sheet on coverage for COVID-19 testing, vaccinations, and treatment. On the economy, Chad Stone wrote that Congress
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Mississippi Raises TANF Benefits But More Improvements Needed, Especially in South

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Tue, 05/04/2021 - 10:11am
Mississippi, which for over 50 years provided the nation’s lowest cash assistance benefits to families with children, has increased the maximum Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) grant by $90, so a family of three with no other income will now receive $260 per month. The increase will help all children receiving TANF but especially Black children, who make up over three-fourths of Mississippi children receiving TANF. Though Mississippi has the nation’s highest child poverty rate, its TANF program does a particularly poor job of assisting families experiencing poverty. Prior to the
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It’s Time for Housing Voucher Expansion

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Mon, 05/03/2021 - 9:09am
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Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 04/30/2021 - 2:23pm
CBPP’s main focus this week was the announcement of President Biden’s proposed American Families Plan. CBPP President Sharon Parrott released a statement that the President’s recovery agenda is an ambitious plan to tackle big problems and a tweet thread discussing key provisions of the President’s recovery proposals. We also released other publications covering specific policy areas: On federal taxes, Chuck Marr tweeted that Congress needs to make the historic expansions to the Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit permanent for an equitable recovery. Marr also tweeted about the
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Rigid Limits on State Taxes and Spending Damage Families and Communities

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Wed, 04/28/2021 - 4:37pm
The health and economic crisis due to COVID-19 calls for states to raise revenues and invest in communities, not set harmful, arbitrary limits on doing so, as some state lawmakers have proposed. The pandemic and resulting economic downturn have caused widespread hardship and hit state budgets hard. And while the American Rescue Plan provides significant help, states need to proactively respond to short- and long-term pressures by raising the resources needed to limit economic hardship for those most affected by the pandemic and advance equity-oriented, antiracist policies and public
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White House, Ways and Means Paid Leave Plans Would Help Workers and Families

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Wed, 04/28/2021 - 3:19pm
This week, both the White House and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal put forward ambitious plans to address major gaps in our caregiving infrastructure by creating a permanent, broad-based, comprehensive, and progressive paid family and medical leave program. The pandemic exposed these gaps in the nation’s system of paid leave, with millions of workers lacking access even to a single sick day — let alone longer-term leave for serious illnesses or to care for a family member. Policymakers responded by creating a temporary paid leave program in the spring of 2020, which
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Missing in the President’s Recovery Plans: Help for Families Struggling to Pay Rent

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Wed, 04/28/2021 - 2:23pm
Millions of people with low incomes struggle to afford housing, which exposes them to overcrowding, homelessness, and other hardships and limits their ability to fully participate in the emerging recovery. These problems fall disproportionately on poorer households and, because of a long history of racism leading to unequal education, employment, and housing opportunities, on people of color. President Biden’s American Families Plan calls for important investments in areas such as education, child care, health care, and family-focused tax credits, but neither it nor prior Administration
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Parrott: President’s Recovery Agenda Is an Ambitious Plan to Tackle Big Problems

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Wed, 04/28/2021 - 8:06am
The proposals constitute a ground-breaking agenda to move us toward an equitable economy and address problems that have plagued our nation for decades.
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An Opportunity to Make Summer Childhood Hunger History

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Tue, 04/27/2021 - 5:41pm
This week, the Agriculture Department (USDA) implemented a measure in the American Rescue Plan Act that could transform our nation’s approach to feeding low-income children during the summer. Building on the successful Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) program, for the first time, all low-income children will be eligible for grocery benefits to replace school meals while schools are closed for the summer. As policymakers seek to address long-standing problems and build toward an equitable recovery, they have a critical opportunity to ease summer food hardship by making these kinds of summer grocery
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Number of Families Struggling to Afford Food Rose Steeply in Pandemic and Remains High, Especially Among Children and Households of Color

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Tue, 04/27/2021 - 3:48pm
The number of households having difficulty putting food on the table grew sharply over the past year due to COVID-19’s far-reaching health and economic impacts and remains high relative to pre-pandemic levels.
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Subsidized Employment Must Be a Part of Any Recovery Package

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Tue, 04/27/2021 - 12:06pm
Subsidized employment, a proven job placement tool for those facing the greatest employment barriers, should be a part of any legislative package to help the millions who remain out of work in the uneven economic recovery. President Biden’s American Jobs Plan calls for a new subsidized employment program, and Congress should ensure robust funding for one in the recovery legislation they will consider soon. The job market is weaker than the unemployment rate suggests, and the pandemic has laid bare the economy’s systemic inequities. Workers of color, workers without a college degree, women, and
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Matching Data Across Benefit Programs Can Increase WIC Enrollment

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Tue, 04/27/2021 - 10:02am
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A National Paid Leave Program Would Help Workers, Families

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Tue, 04/27/2021 - 8:54am
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, federal policymakers created a temporary paid family and medical leave program in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which passed with strong bipartisan support. Though Families First limited benefits to COVID-19-related reasons and did not cover all workers, it recognized that workers need to be able to take time off to attend to their own health, the health of family members, and other caregiving responsibilities without losing their wages or jobs, and that employers’ voluntary efforts to provide paid leave are insufficient to protect public
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