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Jim Horney Discusses Federal Spending and the New Congress on the NewsHour

January 5, 2011

Jim Horney appeared on PBS’ “The NewsHour” last night with Gwen Ifill and the Concord Coalition’s Diane Lim Rogers to discuss the new Congress and promises to cut spending.

Happy Holidays from the Center

December 23, 2010

Wishing you and your loved ones a happy holiday season.  The blog will slow down over the next week, but we’ll resume posting regularly and approving comments as soon as we return in the new year.

Q & A with LaDonna Pavetti: Rising Need, Falling Funding for TANF Program

December 21, 2010

In this Q & A, we’ll talk about cuts to the safety net despite the rising need among our most vulnerable citizens. I’m Michelle Bazie and I’m joined by the Director of the Center’s Welfare Reform and Income Support Division, Dr. LaDonna Pavetti.

In Case You Missed It...

December 18, 2010

This week on Off the Charts, we focused on the tax cut-unemployment insurance (UI) deal, the federal budget, welfare reform, the economy, food assistance, and state budgets.

The big picture on the budget and taxes

December 16, 2010

As Congress debates measures to extend Bush-era tax cuts and fund government operations for the current fiscal year before its members leave town for the holidays, we thought you might be interested in some perspective on how the federal government uses tax dollars. (For a more detailed analysis, read our Policy Basics here or listen to our podcast on the topic here).

Robert Greenstein Discusses Tax Deal on MSNBC's "Hardball" and "The Last Word"

December 14, 2010

Yesterday, Robert Greenstein appeared on MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews” and “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” to discuss the deal on taxes and unemployment insurance making its way through Congress.

Q & A with Michael Leachman: The Recovery Act is Boosting the Economy

December 14, 2010

In this podcast we will discuss the latest information showing that the Recovery Act is creating jobs and boosting the economy. I’m Shannon Spillane and I’m joined by Michael Leachman, Assistant Director of the Center’s State Fiscal Project.

New Cost Figures for Tax Cut-Unemployment Insurance Deal

December 11, 2010

Last night, the Senate released legislative language for the tax cut-unemployment insurance compromise negotiated between President Obama and Congressional Republicans. The Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) released an official cost estimate for the revenue portions of the bill shortly thereafter. These graphs illustrate the various components of the legislation and their costs; click here for details.

In Case You Missed It...

December 11, 2010

This week on Off the Charts, we focused on the tax cut-unemployment insurance (UI) deal between President Obama and Republican leaders, the economy, state budgets, health reform, and housing.

Graphing the Tax Cut-Unemployment Insurance Deal

December 9, 2010

The following two graphs break down the cost of the deal between President Obama and Republican leaders.