This week on Off the Charts, we examined the state budget crisis, job creation, growing income inequality, affordable housing, and ways to address concerns about rising property tax bills.
On the state budget crisis, Jon Shure, deputy director of state fiscal policy, addressed the bad rap that states have been getting recently about the budget shortfalls they face. Shure set the record straight by explaining why the recession is the primary cause of the shortfalls (states actually had substantial reserves before the recession). Iris Lav, senior advisor, responded to a recent New York Times Op-ed about solutions to the budget crisis.
On job creation, Shure appeared on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric to discuss the 900,000 jobs that could be lost if Congress doesn’t extend Federal Recovery Act aid to states. Donna Pavetti, director of welfare reform and income support, highlighted a recent New York Times column by Bob Herbert on preserving and creating jobs by extending the TANF Emergency Fund.
On growing income inequality, Arloc Sherman, senior researcher, pointed to other key findings in his recent report on income data, including how the inequality is affecting middle-income Americans.
On affordable housing, Will Fischer, senior policy analyst, commented on today’s Washington Post editorial about the Obama Administration’s plan to preserve public housing.
On property taxes, we sat down with Iris Lav to discuss good and bad ways to address concerns about rising bills in our latest Q & A.