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In Case You Missed It…

Fri, 26 May 2017 20:31:29 +0000

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




CBO Analysis Refutes Ryan Claims that House Health Bill Maintains Protections for Pre-Existing Protections

Fri, 26 May 2017 19:37:10 +0000

As the House moved to a vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA) without a cost estimate from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), Republican leaders promised that the MacArthur and Upton amendments — which paved the way for passage — would maintain protections for people with pre-existing conditions.




Trump Budget Cuts 250,000 Housing Vouchers

Fri, 26 May 2017 17:03:39 +0000

We’ve already noted that President Trump’s budget would eliminate more than 250,000 Housing Choice Vouchers next year. It also would force families using vouchers to pay much more in rent and sharply limit their access to housing in safe neighborhoods with quality schools and other opportunities. Let’s take a closer look:




Trump Budget’s Radical, Harmful Priorities

Fri, 26 May 2017 16:17:01 +0000

President Trump’s budget should lay to rest any notion that he’s looking out for the millions of people that the economy has left behind.  He proposes steep cuts in basic health, nutrition, and other important assistance for tens of millions of struggling Americans even as he calls for extremely large tax cuts for the nation’s wealthiest people and profitable corporations. Inequality and poverty would grow significantly worse while deficits, when honestly measured, would rise.




Quill at 25: Window Closing on Federal Solution to the Remote Sales Tax Problem

Fri, 26 May 2017 15:52:46 +0000

Today is the 25th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Quill decision, which has cost states and localities tens of billions of dollars in uncollected sales taxes and hurt many local businesses. Quill reaffirmed a 1967 decision that a state cannot require an out-of-state retailer to charge sales tax to its residents unless the business has a facility, employees, or another kind of “physical presence” in the state.




Trump Budget Would Hurt Older Americans

Thu, 25 May 2017 19:52:55 +0000

President Trump’s 2018 budget wouldn’t just hurt people with disabilities, as we’ve explained, but older Americans as well. During the campaign, Trump repeatedly promised not to cut Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid, which serve tens of millions of seniors.




Trump Public Housing Cuts Would Hurt Vulnerable Seniors and Families

Thu, 25 May 2017 18:40:22 +0000

President Trump’s 2018 budget would cut public housing by $1.8 billion — or nearly 29 percent — compared to 2017, making it much harder for local housing agencies to maintain developments that provide badly needed affordable homes to low-income families struggling with rising rents.




Trump Budget Should Be Dead on Arrival — But May Not Be

Thu, 25 May 2017 18:04:58 +0000

Members of Congress of both parties declared President Trump’s new budget “dead on arrival,” news reports say (see here and here). It certainly deserves to be.




CBO Continues to Show Millions Would Pay More for Less Under House Republican Health Bill

Thu, 25 May 2017 16:05:00 +0000

CBO finds that breaking the ACA’s fundamental structure would result in people paying much higher premiums for skimpier coverage.




New CBO Estimates: 23 Million More Uninsured Under House-Passed Republican Health Bill

Wed, 24 May 2017 22:57:29 +0000

The bill would still reverse all of the historic coverage gains achieved since the ACA was enacted in 2010. 




Trump Budget Would Roll Back Children’s Health Coverage

Wed, 24 May 2017 17:14:35 +0000

Millions of children would face the risk of losing their health coverage or going without needed care under the harmful changes to the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Medicaid that President Trump proposes in his budget. While proposing just a two-year extension of federal CHIP funding, the budget would immediately shift significant costs to states, reduce benefits and raise out-of-pocket costs for near-poor older children, and eliminate tools that help states enroll more eligible children.




Video: Bob Greenstein on SNAP: Fighting Hunger and Poverty

Wed, 24 May 2017 16:45:40 +0000

Robert Greenstein, president of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities explains why the stakes for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) are particularly high right now.




Trump’s $2 Trillion Choice: Cut Health Coverage and Care for Millions; Cut Taxes for Wealthy

Wed, 24 May 2017 16:42:45 +0000

We’ve explained that President Trump’s 2018 budget is the most radical, Robin-Hood-in-reverse budget that any modern President has ever proposed, and here’s a perfect illustration: it cuts health coverage and care for poor and modest-income families by nearly $2 trillion over ten years, while giving high-income people a nearly $2 trillion tax break on




For States, Trump Budget Represents a Massive Cost Shift

Wed, 24 May 2017 15:23:58 +0000

President Trump’s budget would shift massive new costs to states by cutting federal funding for health care, food assistance, and many other areas. States can’t afford to assume these costs without raising taxes significantly so, instead, they’d very likely cut many key investments and public services.

Specifically, the Trump budget slashes:




President Trump’s Budget Cuts TANF Despite Stated Goal to Reduce Poverty, Boost Work

Wed, 24 May 2017 15:18:44 +0000

President Trump’s budget would cut the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant and Contingency Fund — which provide funds to states for short-term income assistance, work programs, and other crucial supports for poor families with children — by $22 billion over ten years. Such cuts conflict sharply with the purported goals, as stated in the budget, of reducing poverty and providing work opportunities to poor families.




Timeline: 5 Years of Kansas’ Tax-Cut Disaster

Wed, 24 May 2017 13:35:38 +0000

Five years ago this week, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed one of the biggest income tax cuts a state has ever enacted, promising that they’d act “like a shot of adrenaline into the heart of the Kansas economy.” Tax cut promoters Art Laffer and Stephen Moore, who helped design the cuts, said they would produce an “immediate and lasting boost” to the state’s economy.




Trump Budget Cuts Medicaid Even More Than House Health Bill, Showing Danger of Per Capita Cap

Tue, 23 May 2017 21:29:03 +0000

President Trump’s budget not only assumes the huge Medicaid cuts in the House Republican bill to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (ACA) but dramatically enlarges them.




President’s Budget Would Hurt People with Disabilities

Tue, 23 May 2017 21:14:17 +0000

President Trump’s 2018 budget would make it harder for millions of people with disabilities to afford the basics — food on the table, a roof over their heads, and access to health care.




President’s Budget Would Radically Restructure, Cut SNAP

Tue, 23 May 2017 20:12:47 +0000

President Trump’s 2018 budget proposes to cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) by more than $193 billion over the next ten years — a more than 25 percent cut — through a massive cost shift to states, cutting eligibility for millions of households and reducing benefits for hundreds of thousands more, as we write in a new analysis.




Trump Budget Would Cut Non-Defense Programs to Half Their 2010 Level

Tue, 23 May 2017 19:43:22 +0000

The Trump budget would radically cut non-defense discretionary (NDD) programs — the budget category that funds education, job training, medical research, and other investments that spur greater economic growth and higher living standards. The proposed cuts to NDD programs, which have already been squeezed in recent years, are nothing short of startling:




President’s Budget Would Shift Substantial Costs to States and Cut Food Assistance for Millions

Tue, 23 May 2017 19:38:44 +0000

The unemployed, the elderly, and low-income working families with children would bear most of the brunt of the cuts. 




What to Look for in CBO’s Analysis of House-Passed Health Bill

Tue, 23 May 2017 18:22:34 +0000

A careful analysis of the score will show that the Senate cannot undo these harmful effects without revamping the bill’s entire structure — namely, deep cuts to coverage that pay for tax breaks for the wealthy, pharmaceutical companies, and insurers.




Trump Budget Would Increase Homelessness and Hardship in Every State, End Federal Role in Community Development

Tue, 23 May 2017 16:52:08 +0000

President Trump’s 2018 budget for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) proposes deep cuts in rental assistance for families and other aid for the nation’s poorest urban and rural communities, which would shrink the supply of affordable housing and increase homelessness and other hardships across the country.




Greenstein: Trump Budget Proposes Path to a New Gilded Age

Tue, 23 May 2017 03:31:27 +0000

President Trump’s new budget should lay to rest any belief that he’s looking out for the millions of people the economy has left behind.




Gap Between Trump, CBO Predictions on Economic Growth the Largest on Record

Mon, 22 May 2017 23:37:27 +0000

President Trump’s fiscal year 2018 budget is predicated on the assumption that the economy will expand at 2.9 percent per year, on average, over the 2018-2027 decade — 1.1 percentage points per year more than the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) assumes.  This large a gap between an administration’s growth forecast and CBO’s is unprecedented. This large a gap between an administration’s growth forecast and CBO’s is unprecedented, CBPP analysis finds (see Figure 1).




The Myth of the Exploding Safety Net

Mon, 22 May 2017 23:13:38 +0000

Total spending for mandatory federal low-income programs outside health care is only modestly above its average over the past 40 years. 




House Health Bill Will Force Some Low-Wage Workers to Choose: Better Job or Health Coverage?

Mon, 22 May 2017 19:11:52 +0000

By effectively ending the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Medicaid expansion, the House-passed health bill would take coverage away from millions of people. What’s more, the way the House bill ends expansion would have the perverse effect of discouraging low-wage workers from taking better jobs.




SNAP Caseloads and Spending Declines Track CBO Projections

Mon, 22 May 2017 18:38:13 +0000

President Trump’s new budget will reportedly cut SNAP (formerly food stamps) by $193 billion — 25 to 30 percent — over ten years and may justify the cut by claiming that SNAP caseloads and spending are higher than expected. They aren’t.




In Case You Missed It…

Fri, 19 May 2017 20:38:02 +0000

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




U.S. $26 Billion Short of “Fair Share” for Development Aid Yet Trump Proposing Big Cuts

Fri, 19 May 2017 18:15:36 +0000

To justify his proposed cuts to development and humanitarian aid, President Trump has implied that the United States now contributes more than its “fair share” of foreign aid. Yet the United States already falls far short of meeting the most commonly used fair-share standard, CBPP Senior Fellow Isaac Shapiro and the Center for Global Development’s Director of the US Development Policy Initiative, Scott Morris, document in a new analysis.

Here’s the opening:




Common-Sense Principles for Solving Kansas’ School Funding Crisis

Fri, 19 May 2017 15:28:35 +0000

Kansas lawmakers continue to debate how to find the revenue needed to fix a huge fiscal mess caused by the ill-advised, unaffordable tax cuts that Governor Sam Brownback signed into law in 2012. It’s a challenge: they need both to close the latest massive shortfall in the state’s beleaguered budget and also raise hundreds of millions of additional dollars so that school funding reaches the adequate levels that the state constitution requires.




Expanding Medicaid Makes the Marketplace Work Better

Fri, 19 May 2017 15:12:29 +0000

We’ve written about the benefits of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Medicaid expansion for state budgets, substance use disorder treatment, access to care, and employment, but there’s another benefit of Medicaid expansion worth highlighting – there’s growing evidence that




Previewing the Trump Budget: More “Robin Hood in Reverse” and Gimmicks?

Thu, 18 May 2017 20:39:40 +0000

President Trump’s forthcoming 2018 budget will likely propose policies that would significantly damage the well-being of tens of millions of low- and middle-income people.




Toomey-Lee Proposal Would Significantly Expand House Bill’s Already Deep Medicaid Cuts

Thu, 18 May 2017 17:50:54 +0000

Some Senate Republicans are seeking additional changes to the per capita cap that would dramatically expand those already highly damaging cuts.




Policymakers Cut Housing Vouchers in 2017

Thu, 18 May 2017 17:00:47 +0000

The bill that President Trump signed into law to fund the government for the rest of fiscal year 2017 has insufficient funding to renew all of the Housing Choice Vouchers in use last year, leaving a gap of roughly 60,000 vouchers. While some state and local housing agencies can use emergency reserves to close part of the gap, tens of thousands fewer low-income families will likely receive help this year, worsening the shortage of affordable housing.




Trump Budget May Break Promise to Protect Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid

Thu, 18 May 2017 14:12:12 +0000

Early word about President Trump’s 2018 budget — which the White House plans to release on May 23 — suggests it will likely break his promise not to cut Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.




Unmet Needs and the Squeeze on Appropriations

Wed, 17 May 2017 20:51:54 +0000

Policymakers should continue bipartisan sequestration relief. 




Medicaid Cuts in House ACA Repeal Bill Would Limit Availability of Home- and Community-Based Services

Wed, 17 May 2017 20:15:00 +0000

The House-passed bill to “repeal and replace” the ACA would make home- and community-based services that states fund through Medicaid especially vulnerable to deep cuts.




Trump Tax Plan Would Give 400 Highest-Income Americans More Than $15 Million a Year in Tax Cuts

Wed, 17 May 2017 01:55:22 +0000

Their annual tax cuts would be more than five times the typical college graduate’s lifetime earnings.




“Territorial Tax” Is a Zero Rate on U.S. Multinationals’ Foreign Profits, Threatens U.S. Revenues and Wages

Tue, 16 May 2017 15:12:51 +0000

Under a “territorial” tax system, U.S.-based multinational corporations wouldn’t pay U.S. corporate taxes on their foreign profits.




House-Passed Bill Would Devastate Health Care in Rural America

Mon, 15 May 2017 22:00:46 +0000

The House-passed health bill — the American Health Care Act, or AHCA — would effectively end the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Medicaid expansion, radically restructure the entire Medicaid program through a per capita cap, and replace the ACA’s premium tax credit and cost-sharing protections with a woefully inadequate tax credit that would make coverage unaffordable for millions of people looking to purchase coverage in the individual market.




Trump’s Pass-Through Proposal: New Figures on High-End Tax Cuts

Mon, 15 May 2017 19:41:45 +0000

Millionaires would get average tax cuts of $114,000 in 2018 from a plan — very similar to what President Trump has proposed — to let the owners of “pass-through” such as partnerships, S corporations, and sole proprietorships pay only a maximum 15 percent rate on their business income, according to new estimates from the Tax Policy Center (TPC).




Housing Vouchers Work: Funded Vouchers Are Used

Mon, 15 May 2017 16:16:05 +0000

This is the latest in our “Housing Vouchers Work” blog series, which provides the latest facts and figures about the Housing Choice Voucher program, the largest rental assistance program to help families with children, working people, seniors, and people with disabilities afford decent, stable housing.




Commentary: Focusing on Trump’s Coming Deep Cuts in Basic Assistance for Struggling Families – and Deep Tax Cuts for the Top

Mon, 15 May 2017 15:12:32 +0000

Trump’s budget will include about $800 billion in cuts over ten years largely in programs for lower-income people.




In Case You Missed It…

Fri, 12 May 2017 19:56:35 +0000

This week at CBPP, we focused on health care, Social Security, food assistance, housing, and the federal budget.




Medicaid Works, in 5 Charts

Fri, 12 May 2017 18:11:41 +0000

The House-passed bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would severely damage Medicaid and make quality care less accessible to low-income Americans — the very feature of Medicaid that a new Commonwealth Fund analysis highlights.




As Rate-Filing Season Begins, Sabotage Is Taking Its Toll on the ACA Marketplaces

Fri, 12 May 2017 16:27:42 +0000

We’ve written about how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces are poised for greater stability and success going forward, but they’re also vulnerable to sabotage by policymakers.  Over the past few weeks, both of these points have become increasingly clear.




This Mother’s Day, Congress Should Reject Cuts in Women’s Health Coverage

Fri, 12 May 2017 14:24:13 +0000

Federal policymakers should consider a more practical gift than flowers or chocolate this Mother’s Day: they should support women’s health coverage by rejecting the House bill that repeals the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and cuts $839 billion from Medicaid, reducing enrollment by 14 million. 







SNAP Caseloads and Spending Still Falling

Thu, 11 May 2017 16:36:27 +0000

SNAP (formerly food stamp) caseloads and spending are continuing to fall in 2017 — and the decline may be accelerating, the latest Agriculture and Treasury Department data show.  (See graph.)