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The Republican who have again introduced legislation to create “work requirements” for recipients of Medicaid and SNAP (also known as Food Stamps) may well be motivated in part by their desire to encourage more Pennsylvanian’s to hold jobs. But their punitive and bureaucratic proposal will not do enough to help people work and may well actually make it harder for them to do so. At the same time, it will make it harder for people who deserve health care and food assistance to secure it while not saving our state much money. And at the same time, they proposals will damage the health care industry and raising insurance premiums for all of us.

Marc Stier, Director of the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, made the following statement following the release of the Trump Administration's proposed federal budget for FY 2019:

 

Marc Stier, Director of the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, released the following statement on the passage of the U.S. Senate GOP tax bill: 

"Budgets are, it is frequently said, moral documents. If that is true, and we believe it is, then the tax plan adopted by the Senate today represents an extreme moral failure on the part of the Republican Party. At a time when incomes are becoming ever more unequal, the Republican tax plan will ultimately make the rich richer and the poor and middle class poorer. It will benefit corporations at the expense of families. And, because of the repeal of the individual mandate, it will cost 13 million people nationwide — and 500,000 in Pennsylvania — health insurance leading to 1000 to 2000 premature deaths in our state alone. 

Marc Stier, Director of the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, released the following statement on the announcement that the U.S. Senate GOP will include a repeal of the Affordable Care Act individual mandate in their tax bill.

While the tax cuts proposed in the House of Representative plan may not be the largest in American history, they are very likely the ones most weighted to benefit the very richest Americans. The House plan will tilt the tax system to taxing wages far more and capital far less. At a time when there is no supply-side barrier to new business investment, there is no economic justification for this transformation in our tax system. This is a plan that is only justified by greed on the part of the richest Americans who have already received most of the benefits of economic growth in the last forty years, and on the part of members of the Republican Party who expect to be rewarded for acting on their behalf.

House Republican leaders highlight an increase in the maximum value of the federal Child Tax Credit (CTC) as their tax bill’s signature benefit for working families, but the provision completely excludes 315,000 children in Pennsylvania whose parents work in low-paying jobs, according to a new report from the Washington, DC-based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Another 409,000 Pennsylvania children in low-income working families would receive less than the full $600 increase in the credit that would be available to higher income families. 

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