This week on Off the Charts, we focused on child nutrition, jobs, the federal budget and taxes, housing, state budgets and taxes, and climate change.
On childnutrition, Zoë Neuberger highlighted the U.S. Department of Education’s comprehensive policy guidance on implementing community eligibility with minimal interference with Title I. Becca Segal announced our June 6 tweet chat with MomsRising and the Food Research and Action Center on reducing childhood hunger through community eligibility and profiled recent stories from around the country that highlight the benefits of providing free meals to all students.
On jobs, Chad Stone illustrated a mixed jobs report that shows payroll employment at pre-recession levels, moderate growth in the labor force, and unchanged unemployment and labor force participation rates. Chris Mai pointed out that May’s jobs data show state and local jobs are still far below pre-recession levels.
On the federal budget and taxes, Paul Van de Water explained how a Washington Post editorial missed the mark on federal credit accounting. Arloc Sherman explained how recent House cuts in Census funding would carry a heavy cost.
On housing, Douglas Rice described how a funding bill for the Departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development, approved this week by a Senate appropriations subcommittee and the full Senate Appropriations Committee, improves upon the House’s version of the bill but still risks locking in large voucher losses.
On state budgets and taxes, Michael Mitchell mapped higher education funding cuts and tuition hikes across the country.
On climate change, Chad Stone explained that it’s not yet clear whether protections for low-income households are needed under the Obama Administration’s proposal to reduce carbon pollution from existing electric power plants.