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August 29, 2014 at 12:25 pm

This week on Off the Charts, we focused on the federal budget and taxes, state budgets and taxes, health care, food assistance, and the economy.

  • On the federal budget and taxes, Chuck Marr pointed to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen’s comments about the potential “catastrophic” effects of House-passed IRS funding cuts to taxpayer services. Will Fischer argued that while House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s endorsement of House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp’s plan to limit the mortgage interest deduction is moving in the right direction, greater changes are needed.
  • On state budgets and taxes, Michael Mazerov discussed further evidence that state income taxes have little to do with where people choose to live.
  • On health care, Jesse Cross-Call noted that Wisconsin’s and Wyoming’s budget reports show that their failure to adopt health reform’s Medicaid expansion is costing them millions of dollars in forgone budget savings.
  • On food assistance, Becca Segal urged eligible school districts to adopt community eligibility before the upcoming August 31 deadline.
  • On the economy, we highlighted key facts about the minimum wage.

We released an explainer on the minimum wage. We also updated our backgrounder on how many weeks of unemployment compensation are available from state to state and our chart book on the legacy of the Great Recession.

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The Number of Homeless Veterans Really Is Falling
FiveThirtyEight
August 27, 2014

The Myth of ‘Out of Control’ Disability Benefits
U.S. News & World Report
August 22, 2014

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August 22, 2014 at 1:08 pm

This week on Off the Charts, we focused on health care and the safety net.

  • On health care, Jesse Cross-Call highlighted lessons that states wanting to expand Medicaid through waivers can learn from three states that already have.
  • On the safety net, LaDonna Pavetti marked Temporary Assistance for Needy Families’ (TANF) 18-year anniversary, noting that the program’s role as a safety net has declined sharply over time.

We released papers on SNAP’s medical expense deduction and lessons learned from states that have expanded Medicaid through waivers.  We also updated our TANF chart book and our paper on understanding the Social Security trust funds.

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Paul Ryan Recycles Weak Talking Point On Welfare Reform
Huffington Post
August 20, 2014

The Five Biggest Lies About Obamacare
The Daily Beast
August 17, 2014

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August 15, 2014 at 12:05 pm

This week on Off the Charts, we focused on food assistance, health reform, Social Security, the federal budget and taxes, and state budgets and taxes.

  • On food assistance, Becca Segal introduced our new database of schools nationwide that qualify for community eligibility and shared what school officials are saying about the benefits of the program, which allows schools in high-poverty areas to serve meals to all students at no charge.
  • On health reform, Jesse Cross-Call rebutted claims by opponents of health reform’s Medicaid expansion that the federal government frequently changes the share of states’ Medicaid costs that it covers.
  • On Social Security, Kathy Ruffing celebrated the program’s 79th birthday by explaining how it helps more than 58 million Americans.
  • On the federal budget and taxes, Chye-Ching Huang highlighted a new paper debunking the claim that high U.S. tax rates force companies to move their headquarters overseas.
  • On state budgets and taxes, Michael Leachman connected the dots between Kansas’ costly tax cuts and the recent downgrading of the state’s credit rating.

We released a paper on what the 2014 trustees’ report shows about Social Security and a database that identifies schools that qualify for community eligibility. We also updated our chart book on the legacy of the Great Recession.

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Economic recovery marked by lower-paying jobs, analysis finds
Los Angeles Times
August 11, 2014

All Somerset students qualify for free breakfast, lunch
DelmarvaNow
August 10, 2014

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August 8, 2014 at 2:47 pm

This week on Off the Charts, we focused on state budgets and taxes, food assistance, health care, the safety net, and Social Security.

  • On state budgets and taxes, Elizabeth McNichol listed five ways that states can produce a more trusted and reliable revenue estimate.
  • On food assistance, Becca Segal explained how community eligibility is poised to help millions more students nationwide receive free school meals.
  • On health care, Edwin Park highlighted new findings from the Congressional Budget Office that concur with our analysis of the reasons for Medicare Part D’s lower-than-expected costs.
  • On the safety net, Will Fischer pointed out how House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s anti-poverty plan could undercut rental assistance programs’ effectiveness and put substantial numbers of vulnerable families at risk for homelessness.
  • On Social Security, Kathy Ruffing highlighted recent updates to our chart book and a paper on Social Security Disability Insurance.

We released papers on best practices for state revenue forecasting, a new policy that makes it easier for community eligibility schools to participate in the E-rate program, and findings from the 2014 Medicare trustees’ report.  We also updated our chart book on Social Security Disability Insurance.

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Nine myths about the social safety net, annotated
Washington Post
August 7, 2014

States Watching Congress on Internet Access Taxes
Stateline
August 5, 2014

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August 1, 2014 at 4:09 pm

This week on Off the Charts, we focused on the safety net, the federal budget and taxes, jobs, health care, and Social Security.

  • On the safety net, Richard Kogan reviewed the history of block grants to show that House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s “Opportunity Grant” would be susceptible to cuts. LaDonna Pavetti explained why the Opportunity Grant would likely force cuts in food and housing assistance.  Douglas Rice noted that Ryan’s anti-poverty plan should worry those who are concerned about affordable housing.  Chye-Ching Huang illustrated the impact of Ryan’s proposal to expand the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for childless workers.
  • On the federal budget and taxes, Paul Van de Water described why it would be a mistake to require federal agencies to adopt “generational accounting.”  Chuck Marr explained how President Reagan’s actions made him a true champion of the EITC.  Chye-Ching Huang highlighted reports from the International Monetary Fund and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development supporting a stronger EITC and minimum wage.
  • On jobs, we laid out where things stand for the unemployed.  Chad Stone illustrated how July’s jobs numbers show that the labor market is moving in the right direction but still has a ways to go.
  • On health care, Matt Broaddus pointed to new data showing that adopting a “per capita cap” for federal Medicaid funding would harm states.  January Angeles highlighted our new guide on the tax rules that “navigators” and others helping people apply for health coverage need to understand.
  • On Social Security, we excerpted statements from Robert Greenstein and Paul Van de Water on the new Social Security and Medicare trustees’ reports.  Van de Water explained why Social Security’s immediate priority should be to raise the share of payroll taxes allocated to Disability Insurance.

Chad Stone issued a statement on the July jobs report. We held a media briefing on the Social Security and Medicare trustees’ reports and issued statements by Robert Greenstein and Paul Van de Water. We updated our backgrounder on unemployment insurance, our chart book on the legacy of the Great Recession, and our papers on strengthening the EITC for childless workers and the need to replenish the Disability Insurance trust fund.  We also updated our roundup of materials on the Ryan poverty plan.

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A variety of news outlets featured CBPP’s work and experts recently. Here are some highlights:

Paul Ryan’s nonprofit pipe dream
MSNBC
July 30, 2014

Just How Much Does Paul Ryan Want The Government To Plan Poor People’s Lives?
Huffington Post
July 30, 2014

Paul Ryan’s one crazy trick to hurt all the poor
Daily Kos
July 29, 2014

House Republicans Pass Bill to Lower Taxes on the Rich and Raise Taxes on the Poor
Mother Jones
July 28, 2014

House Republicans Just Passed Another Tax Cut for the Rich—While Hurting the Poor
The New Republic
July 28, 2014

Social Security – The Train Wreck That Doesn’t Need to Happen
The Fiscal Times
July 28, 2014