On state budgets and taxes, Chris Mai noted that local and federal government funds don’t compensate for state cuts to K-12 education and showed that while state tax revenues have returned almost to pre-recession levels, they haven’t truly recovered from the recession and aren’t adequate to address growing needs.
On health reform, Edwin Park pointed to a warning from the American Academy of Actuaries that a one-year delay in health reform’s individual mandate would raise premiums and add to the ranks of the uninsured, and he explained why early enrollment in Medicaid that’s outpacing enrollment in the new health insurance marketplaces so far is no cause for concern.
On the safety net, Arloc Sherman explained that the poverty rate would have been nearly twice as high in 2012 without the safety net, using the Census Bureau’s Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM). Danilo Trisi illustrated that, under the SPM, SNAP and unemployment insurance kept millions out of poverty last year. Douglas Rice warned that sequestration could cut housing vouchers for as many as 185,000 low-income families by the end of 2014. Finally, in honor of Veterans Day, we highlighted some of the ways that the safety net helps many low-income veterans make ends meet.