Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is one of the nation’s premier policy organizations working at the federal and state levels on fiscal policy and public programs that affect low- and moderate-income families and individuals.

Releases by this organization

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Monday, November 13, 2017
The House Republican Tax Plan Is Fiscally Irresponsible
The tax bill approved by the House Ways and Means Committee on November 9 is fiscally irresponsible. The bill would cost nearly $1.5 trillion over the decade, according to Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) estimates. But provisions in the bill that would phase in slowly or expire after several...
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Monday, September 18, 2017
Like Other ACA Repeal Bills, Cassidy-Graham Plan Would Add Millions to Uninsured, Destabilize Individual Market
In releasing a revised version of their legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Senators Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham, along with co-sponsors Dean Heller and Ron Johnson, claimed that their bill isn’t a “partisan” approach and doesn’t include “draconian cuts.” In reality...
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Monday, February 02, 2015
Statement of Robert Greenstein on the President’s 2016 Budget
President Obama is proposing a surprisingly ambitious budget that would make progress — in some cases modest, in others large — in various areas in which policy sclerosis has prevented the nation from addressing significant problems. It would expand opportunity, especially for children; reform...
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Tuesday, March 04, 2014
Statement of Robert Greenstein on President Obama’s New Budget
President Obama’s new budget is a solid blueprint that would reduce deficits, alleviate poverty, and boost investment in areas needed for future economic growth, such as infrastructure, education, and research.
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Friday, May 03, 2013
Statement by Chad Stone, Chief Economist, on the April Employment Report
Today’s jobs report shows that labor markets still bear the scars of the Great Recession despite 38 straight months of private-sector job growth and a drop in the unemployment rate from 7.9 percent to 7.5 percent since January. Unemployment remains stubbornly high and many people who would likely have a job in a stronger economy are not even looking for work. Consequently, the share of the population with a job remains well below what it was over the two decades before the recession started in December 2007 (see chart).
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Friday, February 01, 2013
Statement by Chad Stone, Chief Economist, on the January Employment Report
Employers continued to add jobs in January (see chart), but the economy must grow faster to bring unemployment down more quickly. Instead, the recovery apparently has hit a soft patch, and both growth and job creation could slow further if policymakers let the automatic across-the-board budget cuts (known as “sequestration”) take effect on March 1 or replace them with other immediate budget cuts that further weaken demand for goods and services.
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Wednesday, November 07, 2012
Statement of Nicholas Johnson, Vice President for State Fiscal Policy, on Defeat of “TABOR” Amendment in Florida
Florida voters yesterday resoundingly rejected the crippling and arbitrary spending limit known as TABOR, showing once again that such limits remain unpopular around the country. Anti-government groups have made serious efforts to enact TABORs in 30 states since 2004 and they have failed every time. In fact, Florida is the sixth state in a row where voters have rejected TABOR at the ballot box.
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Friday, November 02, 2012
Statement by Chad Stone, Chief Economist, on the October Employment Report
As today’s jobs report shows, the economy continues to create jobs but not fast enough to erase the huge job losses from the Great Recession (see chart). The unemployment rate has dropped more than two points from its peak, but it remains too high for policymakers to let emergency federal unemployment insurance (UI) expire at the end of this year, as it is scheduled to do.
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Friday, October 05, 2012
Statement by Chad Stone, Chief Economist, on the September Employment Report
Today’s jobs report sent mixed signals about the overall job market but left no doubt that long-term unemployment remains a significant problem — making clear that policymakers must not let emergency federal unemployment insurance (UI) expire at the end of the year.
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Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Statement of Robert Greenstein, President, on Census’ 2011 Poverty, Income, and Health Insurance Data
Today’s Census data contained the good, the fair, and the ugly. The good news is that the number of uninsured Americans dropped by 1.3 million and the share of Americans without insurance fell by more than in any year since 1999; the fair news is that the poverty rate stayed flat after rising in the previous three years and seven of the previous 10; and the ugly news is that median household income fell by 1.5 percent after adjusting for inflation while income inequality widened significantly.
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