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BEYOND THE NUMBERS
BEYOND THE NUMBERS
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This week on Off the Charts, we focused on the new budgets from House Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan and Senate Budget Committee Chair Patty Murray, deficits and debt, state budgets and taxes, education, Social Security, SNAP (food stamps), and housing.
- On the Ryan budget, we excerpted Robert Greenstein and Joel Friedman’s commentary on why balancing the budget in the next decade is not the right goal and pointed to our new paper on the nearly $6 trillion revenue hole that the Ryan budget would create. Chye-Ching Huang also explained that the budget’s specified tax cuts are skewed toward high-income people. Sharon Parrott described how the Ryan budget would make the safety net less effective in promoting and supporting work. Stacy Dean noted that the SNAP cuts in the Ryan budget are even deeper than we originally thought. Finally, we compiled a roundup of our blog posts and analyses on the Ryan budget.
- On the Murray budget, Robert Greenstein explained why charges that it double-counts spending cuts and boosts spending rather than reducing it don’t stand up under scrutiny.
- On deficits and debt, we highlighted Robert Greenstein’s op-ed in The Hill outlining the best approach to deficit reduction.
- On state budgets and taxes, Michael Leachman noted that big cuts in state income taxes aren’t a ticket to stronger economic growth.
- On education, Phil Oliff detailed states’ sharp cuts in higher education funding in recent years and noted that public colleges and universities have hiked tuition to make up for the lost revenue.
- On Social Security, we excerpted Kathy Ruffing’s congressional testimony on the financial status of Social Security Disability Insurance.
- On SNAP, Dottie Rosenbaum rebutted the claim that most program spending goes to administrative costs. And Ed Bolen listed three facts that a recent Washington Post story highlighted about SNAP’s importance for families and communities.
- On housing, Barbara Sard explained how to rebalance federal housing policy to help more low-income families afford housing.
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