Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

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Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Formation1983; 40 years ago (1983)
TypePublic policy think tank
Headquarters1275 First St NE Suite 1200
Sharon Parrott
Revenue (2015)
Expenses (2015)$33,807,175[1]

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) is a progressive American think tank that analyzes the impact of federal and state government budget policies.[2] A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the Center's stated mission is to "conduct research and analysis to help shape public debates over proposed budget and tax policies and to help ensure that policymakers consider the needs of low-income families and individuals in these debates."[3]

CBPP was founded in 1981 by Robert Greenstein, a former political appointee in the Jimmy Carter administration. Greenstein founded the organization, which is based in Washington, D.C., to provide an alternative perspective on the social policy initiatives of the Ronald Reagan administration.[4]


Based in Washington, D.C., the Center was founded in 1981 by Robert Greenstein.[5] In 2013, the Center reported revenue of $37.5 million, expenses of $27.3 million, and total year-end assets of $67.7 million.[6]

In 1993, the Center was involved in the founding of the State Fiscal Analysis Initiative (SFAI), a network of nonprofit, state-level policy organizations that examine state budget and tax policies and their effect on low- and moderate-income households.[7]

In 1997, the Center established the International Budget Partnership (IBP). The IBP publishes an annual Open Budget Index which measures governmental budget transparency and accountability around the world.[8]

In 2005, representatives of CBPP attended a May 2006 meeting of the Democracy Alliance along with the Center for American Progress and the Economic Policy Institute to "talk about the agendas they were busy crafting that would catapult Democratic politics into the economic future."[9]

The Center is opposed to modern day efforts to call a convention to propose amendments to the United States Constitution.[10]

Political stance[edit]

The Center describes itself as "a nonpartisan research and policy institute" with a focus on reducing poverty and inequality.[11] Others have described it as nonpartisan,[12][13] progressive,[14][15] liberal,[16][17][18][19] and left-leaning.[20]

Board of directors[edit]

Name[21] Other affiliations
Henry J. Aaron Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
Kenneth S. Apfel Former Commissioner of the Social Security Administration; Professor of the Practice, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland
Henry A. Coleman Rutgers University, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy
Antonia Hernández President, California Community Foundation
Wayne Jordan CEO, Jordan Real Estate Investments, LLC
Lynn McNair Senior director of Business Development and Resource Mobilization, Internet Society
Robert Reischauer former director of the Congressional Budget Office; President Emeritus, Urban Institute
Melanne Verveer Executive Director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security
Kim Wallace Managing director, head of Washington policy, Renaissance Macro Research
David de Ferranti Founder of Results for Development
Jack Lew Former United States Secretary of the Treasury
Jane D. Hartley Former United States Ambassador to France and United States Ambassador to Monaco


The Center is supported by a number of foundations, including the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the Ford Foundation, as well as individual donors.[22] The Atlantic Philanthropies is a major donor to CBPP,[23] as is George Soros.[24] CBPP has received funding through the Democracy Alliance.[25][26] In fiscal year 2012, it accepted $1,533,236 in government grants.[27]

Year Revenues Expenses
2013[6] $37,586,760 $27,383,933
2012[27] $22,247,145 $31,902,277
2011[28] $24,356,998 $28,854,661
2010[28] $29,425,074 $26,380,857

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Center on Budget and Policy Priorities" (PDF). Foundation Center. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  2. ^ Corasaniti, Nick (October 3, 2019). "Cory Booker Wants to Talk About Child Poverty". New York Times. Retrieved 11 November 2019.
  3. ^ "What Is the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities?". Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  4. ^ Radin, Beryl (2000). Beyond Machiavelli: Policy Analysis Comes of Age. Georgetown University Press. p. 65. ISBN 9781589012752.
  5. ^ Pianin, Eric (April 6, 2015). "How a Top Budget Expert Sees the Year Playing Out". Fiscal Times. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  6. ^ a b "IRS 2013 Form 990" (PDF). Guidestar. Internal Revenue Service. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  7. ^ Radin, Beryl (2013). Beyond Machiavelli, Second Edition (2 ed.). Georgetown University Press. ISBN 9781589019591.
  8. ^ Goncharov, Dmitry; Condrey, Stephen; Liebert, Saltanat (2013). Public Administration in Post-Communist Countries: Former Soviet Union, Central and Eastern Europe, and Mongolia. CRC Press. p. 87. ISBN 9781439861370.
  9. ^ Bai, Matt (2008). The Argument: Inside the Battle to Remake Democratic Politics. Penguin. ISBN 9781440635748.
  10. ^ Greenstein, Robert (October 21, 2014). "A constitutional convention could be the single most dangerous way to 'fix' American government". Washington Post. Retrieved 7 December 2015.
  11. ^ "Our Mission | Center on Budget and Policy Priorities". Retrieved 2016-09-15.
  12. ^ Saul, Stephanie (2016-07-07). "Public Colleges Chase Out-of-State Students, and Tuition". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-09-15.
  13. ^ Column, Jilian Mincer A. Dow Jones Newswires (2008-10-18). "State Budget Cuts Push Tuition Higher". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2016-09-15.
  14. ^ Terkel, Amanda (21 May 2014). "Paul LePage's Welfare Reform Adviser Plagiarized Report From Progressive Think Tank". Huffington Post. Retrieved 28 October 2014.
  15. ^ LaMarche, Gara (13 August 2014). "How the Left Is Revitalizing Itself". The Nation. Retrieved 28 October 2014.
  16. ^ Meckler, Laura (2015-09-14). "Price Tag of Bernie Sanders's Proposals: $18 Trillion". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2016-09-15.
  17. ^ Herszenhorn, David M. (2016-06-14). "The Debatable Premise Underlying Paul Ryan's Antipoverty Plan". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-09-15.
  18. ^ Calmes, Jackie (2016-02-15). "Left-Leaning Economists Question Cost of Bernie Sanders's Plans". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-09-15.
  19. ^ Mclean, Jim (2017-09-30). "Trump's Tax Plan Has Echoes Of The Kansas Tax Cut Experiment". NPR. ... said Michael Leachman, director of state fiscal research at the liberal Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, ...
  20. ^ Radnofsky, Louise; Hughes, Siobhan (2016-06-22). "House Republicans Unveil Health-Insurance Proposal". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2016-09-15.
  21. ^ "CBPP: Board of Directors". Retrieved September 21, 2021.
  22. ^ "A Powerhouse for the Poor", The Washington Post, 4 May 2007.
  23. ^ Callahan, David (July 30, 2014). "Will Atlantic's Big Bet on the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities Pay Off?". Inside Philanthropy. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  24. ^ Lingeman, Richard (2008). The Nation Guide to the Nation. Vintage Books. p. 83. ISBN 9780307387288.
  25. ^ Prokop, Andrew (November 24, 2014). "The Democracy Alliance: How a secretive group of donors helps set the progressive agenda". Vox. Retrieved 20 April 2015.
  26. ^ Kaplan, Larry (December 1, 2014). "Left-Wing Echo of the Trilateral Commission?". Nonprofit Quarterly. Retrieved 20 April 2015.
  27. ^ a b "Charity Navigator Rating, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities". Charity Navigator. Retrieved 2015-04-09.
  28. ^ a b "2011 Form 990" (PDF). Foundation Center. Retrieved 2015-04-09.

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