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This week on Off the Charts, we focused on the safety net, the federal budget and taxes, and state budgets and taxes.
  • On the safety net, Sharon Parrott explained why a recent analysis by the Cato Institute arguing that people on “welfare” are better off than low-income working families is fundamentally flawed.
  • On the federal budget and taxes, Richard Kogan discussed the timing of the fiscal year 2014 sequestration budget cuts.
  • On state budgets and taxes, Michael Mazerov applauded a National Conference of State Legislatures’ committee for calling for an end to a loophole regarding the taxation of online hotel bookings.
In other news, we issued a commentary on the flawed Cato Institute analysis and a paper on the impact of the House leadership’s harsh SNAP proposal.  In addition, we updated our paper on the benefits of implementing a renters’ tax credit and a backgrounder on the number of weeks of unemployment benefits available in each state. A variety of news outlets featured CBPP’s work and experts recently.  Here are some highlights: Food Stamp Cuts Would Deny Benefits To At Least 4 Million Huffington Post August 19, 2013 The Coming Food Stamp Cuts Slate August 19, 2013