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Greenstein Weighs in on Deficit Debate

November 15, 2010

Yesterday, Robert Greenstein weighed in on the New York Times’ “Room for Debate” forum, which features commentary from policy experts on a variety of pressing issues. Yesterday’s topic was “16 Ways to Cut the Deficit,” and his recommendation was to let the high-income tax cuts enacted during the Bush Administration expire on schedule, while extending all tax cuts for middle- and low-income households. Here’s the commentary:

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November 13, 2010

This week on Off the Charts, we focused on jobs, the federal budget, and state budget and tax issues.

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November 5, 2010

This week on Off the Charts, we talked about the elections, jobs, and taxes.

Q & A with Jon Shure: State Ballot Initiatives Will Affect Public Services

November 2, 2010

In this podcast we will discuss how in some states people will vote today on ballot initiatives today that will significantly affect public services. I’m Shannon Spillane and I’m joined by the Deputy Director of the Center’s State Fiscal Project, Jon Shure.

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October 29, 2010

This week on Off the Charts, we blogged about health reform, unemployment, housing, state budgets, and the economy.

Q & A With Phil Oliff States Continue to Feel Recession’s Effects

October 26, 2010

In today's Q & A, we discuss how states are continuing to feel the recession’s impact with Policy Analyst Phil Oliff.

Designing the New Health Insurance Exchanges

October 25, 2010

“State officials worry that sick people will gravitate to the [new health insurance exchanges established under the Affordable Care Act], while healthier people who do not need subsidies will buy insurance outside [them],” the New York Times noted on Saturday. Such an outcome, known as adverse selection, could ultimately drive up the cost of coverage in the exchanges significantly and threaten their long-term viability. A report from Health Policy Analyst Sarah Lueck explains how states can design their exchanges to minimize the risk of adverse selection. The introduction to that report is below; you can read the full report here.

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October 23, 2010

This week on Off the Charts, we blogged about income inequality, taxes, Social Security, and state budgets.

Truth-Telling on Taxes

October 22, 2010 has a useful analysis debunking the misleading and downright false statements about taxes in a chain email that’s been circulating the country. The email’s most egregious claim — that taxpayers will owe taxes on the value of their job-based health coverage starting next year — is simply untrue, FactCheck explains.

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October 15, 2010

This week on Off the Charts, we wrote about poverty, state budget shortfalls, health reform, Social Security, and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).