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Putting a Price on Carbon Can Be a Budget Policy/Energy Policy “Two-Fer”

March 29, 2012

As my CBPP colleagues have been busy documenting, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s budget does more to sharpen partisan differences than to move us toward a credible, sustainable, and bipartisan deficit-reduction plan.   ...

Smokestack and Black Smoke

Why Good Jobs Reports Aren’t Good Enough

March 15, 2012

Like the Roman god Janus, who looks at both the past and the future, my latest post for US News & World Report looks at where the jobs market is coming from and where it needs to go:


Today's Jobs Report in Pictures

March 9, 2012

Today’s was another solid employment report.  Nevertheless, the economic recovery still has a long way to go to erase the lingering effects of the Great Recession and restore full employment and a healthy labor market.

Below are some charts to show how the new figures look in historical context. Read our...

Things Looking Up at the Top, Down at the Bottom

March 8, 2012

My latest post for US News & World Report juxtaposes two new studies on the nation’s highest- and lowest-income people:

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Incomes Bouncing Back at the Top

March 5, 2012

The share of the nation’s total income going to the top 1 percent of households, which fell in the financial crisis and Great Recession, rose in 2010, the first full year of the economic recovery, according to the latest update to the historical series compiled by economists Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez...

Helping Workers Adjust to Permanent Job Losses

March 1, 2012

In my U.S. News & World Report blog post this morning, I explain why U.S. policies are inadequate to help workers adjust to losing jobs that will never return and why addressing that inadequacy is critical to enable us to compete in a fast-changing global...

Three Things Worth Remembering About Unemployment Insurance

February 23, 2012

Despite the recent deal to extend emergency federal unemployment insurance (UI), the two parties hold very different views of unemployment insurance, as my blog post this week for ...

A Broken Promise Is Better Than a Broken Economy

February 15, 2012

President Obama pledged to cut the deficit in half in his first term. It’s a good thing he didn’t keep that promise or we’d be looking at a much weaker economy.

Faced with a tanking economy and a surging budget deficit upon taking...

What Happens if Congress Doesn’t Continue Emergency Unemployment Benefits?

February 14, 2012

The emergency federal unemployment insurance (UI) program is set to expire at the end of the month.  If Congress fails to extend it:

  • The number of weeks of available benefits for unemployed workers will shrink dramatically, to fewer than 26 weeks in some states (see the maps below).

  • Nearly 4.5 million jobless workers
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Safety Net Spending Is Supposed to Rise in a Weak Economy

February 9, 2012

In my blog post this week for US News & World Report, I highlight CBPP’s recent analyses of safety net programs and...