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  • Chart Book: Federal Housing Spending Is Poorly Matched to Need
    Will Fischer and Barbara Sard
    December 18, 2013

    The federal government spent $270 billion in 2012 to help Americans buy or rent homes, but little of that spending went to the families who struggle the most to afford housing.  As the charts below show, federal housing expenditures are unbalanced in two respects:  they target a disproportionate share of …
  • Chart Book: Deficit Reduction, the Economy, and the Budget Negotiations
    Sharon Parrott, Richard Kogan, Krista Ruffini, and William Chen
    November 5, 2013

    The House and Senate, which passed starkly different ten-year budget plans this spring, have convened a conference committee that will likely focus on whether (and how) to replace some or all of the sequestration cuts in place for fiscal year 2014 and perhaps 2015, rather than on a broader long-term budget plan.…
  • Chart Book: Top Ten Tax Charts
    Updated April 18, 2013

    In recognition of Tax Day, we’ve collected our top ten charts related to federal taxes.  Together, they provide useful context for ongoing debates about how to reduce deficits and reform the tax code. Our first chart reminds us what taxes pay for.  National defense, Social Security, and major health programs like Medicare and Medicaid account for …
  • Chart Book: SNAP Helps Struggling Families Put Food on the Table
    Updated March 28, 2013

    The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the nation’s most important anti-hunger program.  SNAP reaches millions of people in need of food assistance.  It is one of the few means-tested government benefit programs available to almost all households with low incomes.  For more detail on the program’s basics, see …
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