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May 29, 2024

Liberals Should Decide Whether Being a Homemaker Is Demeaning or Worthy of Huge New Government Benefits

…is “welfare check.” Yet Rep. Moore argues her legislation promotes “an equitable, modern economy” in which unpaid caregivers would automatically receive an enlarged “maximum credit” previously reserved for only paid workers. An estimate of…

March 11, 2024

How Many Forms of “Wage Insurance” Do We Need, Exactly?

…recessions offer additional weeks of checks to the long-term unemployed (that is, generally beyond six months, continuing state UI check amounts). During the last two recessions, maximum durations stretched to…

February 27, 2024

Options for Improving the Child Tax Credit Provisions in H.R. 7024, the Tax Relief for American Families and Workers Act of 2024

…H.R. 7024, we recommend several improvements to its CTC provisions, including provisions to retain and provisions to drop. Provisions to Retain Increase the Maximum CTC to Account for the Rising…

January 19, 2024

The Work Incentive and Employment Effects of Eliminating the Child Tax Credit’s Annual Income Requirement

…Tax Credit’s annual income requirement by allowing individuals to calculate their eligibility using their current or prior year’s income, whichever year maximizes the family’s benefit. We show that for the…

October 31, 2023

Lawmakers Continue Trying to Revive Pandemic-Style Benefits

…unemployed. Except during the Great Recession and the pandemic, states have always contributed 50 percent to EB costs. The proposal would increase EB benefits from a current maximum of 20…

October 25, 2023

Dispelling Myths About The Child Tax Credit

…typical household today pays on average $709 more per month due to inflation than two years ago — far exceeding the maximum CTC for two children of $600 per month temporarily paid then. Even…

August 23, 2023

Labor Department Report Finds Pandemic Unemployment Program Had a Staggering 36 Percent Improper Payment Rate

On August 21, the US Department of Labor (DOL) released its long-awaited “improper payment report” on the troubled Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program. PUA was an unprecedented federal unemployment benefit program that…

August 3, 2023

Another Pandemic Legacy: Removing the EITC’s Work and Earnings Requirement

…unemployment benefits, food stamps, and even disability and other benefits paid in lieu of working to rise as families seek to maximize their benefit income when they lack earnings—but are…

June 30, 2023

Democrats Call Biden’s Economy “Savage” in Attempt to Revive Child Tax Credit

…for child tax credit payments and others who worked and earned too little to owe federal income taxes collected less than the maximum benefit. That’s why Democrats’ $1.9 trillion American…