This week on Off the Charts, we focused on child nutrition, SNAP (formerly food stamps), and the federal budget and taxes.
On child nutrition, Zoë Neuberger explained that the agriculture funding bill that the House Appropriations Committee approved this week would gut new school meal standards. She also highlighted a rebuttal from several nutrition scientists to arguments for requiring the WIC nutrition program to provide white potatoes. And she excerpted an op-ed explaining how the “community eligibility” option, which enables schools in high-poverty areas to provide meals to all students at no charge, is helping West Virginia.
On SNAP, we presented new data showing that SNAP spending and caseloads are falling.
On the federal budget and taxes, Chuck Marr pointed out that permanently extending the “bonus depreciation” tax break would be economically unjustified and fiscally irresponsible. Richard Kogan explained why adopting so-called “fair-value accounting” for federal loan programs would distort budgeting.