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This week on Off the Charts, we focused on housing, nutrition programs, the federal budget and taxes, and state budgets and taxes.
  • On housing, Douglas Rice explained how a recent House Transportation-HUD funding bill will disproportionately cut assistance to low-income renters.  Barbara Sard described how the funding bill would affect veterans and their families.
  • On nutrition programs, we highlighted Zoë Neuberger’s commentary on how a lobbying campaign threatens to undercut progress against childhood obesity.  We also excerpted Robert Greenstein’s blog post on TalkPoverty.org that explains that community eligibility is an important new tool that schools can use to reduce childhood hunger.
  • On the federal budget and taxes, Chuck Marr explained why policymakers should not outsource the IRS’ job of collecting back taxes.  Chye-Ching Huang noted that Congress should promptly enact legislation to help close the tax-driven corporate “inversions” loophole.  We excerpted our paper on the House Appropriations Committee’s poor allocation of resources for non-defense discretionary programs for next year.
  • On state budgets and taxes, Michael Mazerov laid out where CBPP and the Tax Foundation agree and disagree on taxes and migration.
In other news, we issued papers on the House Appropriations Committee’s poor allocation of insufficient resources and how a House funding bill covering the Department of Housing and Urban Development would cut assistance to low-income renters.  Zoë Neuberger issued a commentary on why the House and Senate Appropriations Committees should reject efforts to undercut reforms designed to improve children’s nutrition and combat childhood obesity. We updated our papers on states funding schools less than before the recession and the negligible impact of state taxes on Americans’ interstate moves. CBPP’s Chart of the Week:
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A variety of news outlets featured CBPP’s work and experts recently.  Here are some highlights: The GOP and veterans: It’s complicated Washington Post May 22, 2014 Tax Cuts Don't Work Miracles Bloomberg May 20, 2014