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Podcast: State Budget Crisis Puts Economic Recovery at Risk
December 29, 2009
The state budget crisis and what it means for the national economy is discussed by the Deputy Director of the Center’s State Fiscal Project, Jon Shure.
Podcast: Update on the Recovery Act
December 22, 2009
Two key provisions in the Recovery Act – unemployment insurance and COBRA – and suggestions for Congress are discussed by Chief Economist, Chad Stone.
Podcast: Homelessness and Rental Assistance in the Recession
December 15, 2009
The recession’s impact on homelessness and how increased federal rental assistance can help struggling families are discussed by the Center’s Senior Policy Analyst for Housing, Doug Rice.
Podcast: The Impact of the Recession and the Recovery Act on Social Safety Net Programs
December 9, 2009
Dr. LaDonna Pavetti, Director of the Center’s Welfare Reform and Income Support Division, testifies on the safety net's response to the recession before the Budget Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Podcast: Understanding the Senate Health Reform Bill
December 8, 2009
The health reform bill currently being debated by the Senate is discussed by Senior Health Fellow, Judy Solomon. Duration: 4:46
Podcast: Disproving Claims That Medicare Cuts Don’t Stick
December 4, 2009
James Horney and Paul Van de Water, former senior CBO officials now at the Center, discuss their new analysis, which finds that recent claims that the House and Senate health bills are not really paid for — because the track record shows that Congress will never allow the bills’ Medicare savings to take effect — are belied by the historical record. MIT health economist Jonathan Gruber assesses measures in the bills to restrain health care costs.
Podcast: The November Employment Report and What it Means for the Economy
December 4, 2009
The jobs report for November is discussed by Chief Economist, Chad Stone.
Podcast: The State Policy Fellowship Program
December 1, 2009
The Center’s brand new State Policy Fellowship Program is discussed by State Fiscal Project program associate, Tianca Crocker.
Podcast: The Food Stamp Program
November 24, 2009
The basics of the food stamp program is discussed by the Center’s Director of Food Assistance Policy, Stacy Dean.
Podcast: Understanding the House Health Reform Bill
November 17, 2009
The House health reform bill and the next steps for Congress in moving forward with reform are discussed by Senior Fellow, Judy Solomon.
Podcast: State Budget Cuts and Tax Increases Put Fragile Economic Recovery at Risk
November 11, 2009
The risk that, without more federal aid, states efforts to address their budget problems could cost the economy 900,000 jobs is discussed by Bob Greenstein, Mark Zandi, chief economist of economy.com, and Senior Advisor Iris Lav.
Podcast: The October Employment Report and What It Means for the Economy
November 6, 2009
The jobs report for October is discussed by Chief Economist, Chad Stone.
Podcast: Maine and Washington Reject TABOR
November 5, 2009
Senior advisor Iris Lav discusses voters’ rejection of TABOR — a strict state spending restriction — in Washington and Maine, and the implications for other states.
Podcast: Protecting Low-Income Consumers in Climate Change Legislation
November 3, 2009
The nuances of climate change legislation, and how the Senate and House bills will protect low-income families, are discussed by the Center’s Chief Economist, Chad Stone.
Audio Clip: Michael Leachman Discusses Stimulus and Job Creation on National Public Radio
October 31, 2009
Michael Leachman Discusses Stimulus and Job Creation on National Public Radio
Podcast: Understanding the Senate Finance Committee's Health Reform Bill
October 27, 2009
The Senate Finance Committee’s health reform plan is discussed by Senior Fellow, Judy Solomon.
Audio Clip: Jim Horney Discusses Cost-of-Living Increase for Social Security on National Public Radio
October 22, 2009
Jim Horney Discusses Cost-of-Living Increase for Social Security on National Public Radio
Podcast: Climate Change Testimony
October 21, 2009
The Center’s Chief Economist, Chad Stone, testifies before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on how low-income households will be affected by climate change policy.
Podcast: Low-Income Consumers and the Kerry-Boxer Climate Bill
October 19, 2009
Recent developments in climate change legislation are discussed by Chief Economist, Chad Stone.
Podcast: The Safety Net’s Response to the Recession
October 8, 2009
Director of the Center’s Welfare Reform and Income Support Division, Dr. LaDonna Pavetti, testifies on the safety net's response to the recession before the U.S. House of Representative's Ways and Means Subcommittee on Income Security and Family.
Podcast: TABOR’s Harmful Effect on States
October 8, 2009
Robb Gray, the Center’s state project coordinator, explains TABOR, a strict state spending restriction, and its harmful effect on states.
Podcast: Discussing the September Employment Report and What It Means For the Economy
October 2, 2009
The jobs report for September is discussed by Chief Economist, Chad Stone.
Podcast: The Deficit, Debt, and Interest
September 22, 2009
In this podcast, the federal government deficit, debt, and interest is explained by Director of Federal Fiscal Policy, Jim Horney.
Podcast: The Budget Reconciliation Process
September 15, 2009
The budget reconciliation process in Congress is explained by Director of Federal Fiscal Policy, Jim Horney.
Audio Clip: Robert Greenstein Discusses Poverty in America on The Diane Rehm Show
September 14, 2009
Podcast: Examining the New 2008 Census Data on Poverty, Income, and Health Insurance Coverage
September 10, 2009
Robert Greenstein discusses today’s grim Census Bureau report that shows the nation lost substantial ground in 2008 on poverty, median income, and the number of people who are uninsured. Several aspects of the Census report are highlighted.
Podcast: Discussing the August Unemployment Report and What It Means For the Economy
September 8, 2009
The jobs report for August is discussed by chief economist Chad Stone.
Podcast: Understanding the New Budget Deficit Updates
August 27, 2009
The new budget deficit updates from CBO and OMB are explained by the Center’s Director of Federal Fiscal Policy, Jim Horney.
Podcast: High-Income Surcharge Can Help Pay for Health Reform
August 25, 2009
Chuck Marr, director of federal tax policy, discusses the need for health reform and one option to help pay for it: a surcharge on high-income households under consideration by the House of Representatives.
Podcast: Correcting Myths About the Stimulus Bill
August 17, 2009
Director of Federal Fiscal Policy, Jim Horney, and Director of the State Fiscal Project, Nick Johnson, discuss their paper “Correcting Five Myths About the Stimulus Bill.” They explain how the stimulus legislation is providing a much-needed boost to the economy.
Podcast: Discussing the July Employment Report and What it Means for the Economy
August 10, 2009
I’m Shannon Spillane. We’re joined by the Center’s Chief Economist, Chad Stone. 1. Chad, many people looking at the jobs report for July say that it wasn’t as bad as experts were predicting. But I know you found some data in the report that were troubling. What did you …
Podcast: Health Reform — Examining the Flaws of the Proposed “Free Rider” Employer Requirement Provision
August 5, 2009
This podcast discusses an employer mandate proposal known as “free rider” that the Senate Finance Committee negotiators have agreed to include in their forthcoming health reform legislation. It also discusses alternative, better-designed approaches to an employer responsibility requirement, which is a necessary component of health care reform.
Podcast: Improving Consumer Relief in the Climate Change Bill
July 30, 2009
Chief Economist Chad Stone discusses how the Senate can improve consumer relief in climate change legislation by scaling back corporate windfall profits.
Podcast: The Estate Tax
July 14, 2009
Director of Federal Tax Policy, Chuck Marr, discusses the basics of the estate tax and the debate about it in Congress.
Podcast: Climate Change Legislation
July 8, 2009
Chief Economist Chad Stone discusses how climate change legislation protects consumers from increased energy costs.
Audio Clip: Bloomberg Radio Interviews Iris Lav on the State Budget Crisis
July 1, 2009
Podcast: Robert Greenstein Testifies Before the House Budget Committee on PAYGO Legislation
June 26, 2009
Robert Greenstein testified June 26th on why..."pay-as-you-go discipline is important, why enactment of a statutory pay-as-you-go rule to reinforce Congressional rules can be beneficial, and why enactment of a statutory pay-as-you-go rule is not itself sufficient to achieve fiscal sustainability."
Audio Clip: Nick Johnson, Director of the State Fiscal Project, Discusses State Budgets on NPR’s The Diane Rehm Show
June 25, 2009
Podcast: Discussing the May Employment Report and What it Means for the Economy
June 8, 2009
"[May's] jobs report shows a labor market that is still deteriorating but that offers signs that the worst of the current recession may be over.
"Job losses in May, while still high at 345,000, were less than half of January’s level. The unemployment rate jumped to 9.4 percent but, for the second month in a row, the labor force grew as more people entered it to look for work than left it."
Podcast: Will Fischer, Senior Policy Analyst, on the Section Eight Voucher Reform Act
June 8, 2009
The Section 8 Voucher Reform Act (SEVRA) would take a series of important, timely steps to strengthen the voucher program, the nation's most widely-used low-income housing program. At a time when poverty and homelessness are rising, this bill would make housing affordable to more needy families, and provide more flexible and effective assistance.
Podcast: The 2009 Social Security and Medicare Trustees' Reports
May 12, 2009
The Social Security and Medicare Trustees' report on Medicare underscores the urgency of health care reforms to slow health care cost growth, starting with President Obama’s proposed Medicare reforms. The Trustees’ report shows Social Security doesn’t face an immediate crisis but does require changes, and the sooner they’re made, the better.
Podcast: Discussing the April Employment Report and What it Means for the Economy
May 8, 2009
"Today’s jobs report brings more sobering news about the depth and duration of the recession. Even if the economy hits bottom soon and begins growing again, it will take time to reverse the severe job losses and sharp increase in unemployment that have already occurred.... [I]t is important that as many states as possible take advantage of the incentive funding to modernize their [unemployment insurance] programs."
Podcast: Where Do Our State Tax Dollars Go?
May 6, 2009
Given the budget problems states face due to the recession, policymakers will confront important choices about how to pay for important government services and programs. To inform this crucial decision making, it is useful to examine where state tax dollars go as well as changing trends over time.
Podcast: Climate Equity Alliance Forms
April 3, 2009
This audio presentation, which includes remarks from the Center's Executive Director Robert Greenstein, introduces the Climate Equity Alliance and presents the principles drawing these groups together, with particular attention to how policymakers should move forward following the draft legislation just put forward by Representatives Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Edward Markey (D-MA).
Podcast: Examining the Administration's 2010 Budget
February 27, 2009
This podcast discusses the President’s budget outline for fiscal year 2010.
Robert Greenstein discusses the priorities in the budget, as well as specific initiatives in major areas such as health care, taxes, and climate change. They also examine the budget’s implications for the federal deficit and debt and fiscal responsibility, and evaluate whether the budget’s numbers are honest or rely on gimmicks.
Podcast: Key Differences in the House and Senate Stimulus Plans
February 10, 2009
This podcast featuring Robert Greenstein and Len Burman (Co-director, Urban Institute-Brookings Institution Tax Policy Center and Senior Fellow, Urban Institute) discusses the key differences between the House and Senate economic recovery packages in both the tax and spending areas and address how Congress should resolve them.
Podcast: Reality Check on the Stimulus Debate
February 5, 2009
This podcast featuring Robert Greenstein discusses whether stimulus proposals being offered in the Senate this week would make the overall recovery package more or less effective in boosting the economy. He also addresses a number of misconceptions circulating around the House and Senate recovery packages.