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This week on Off the Charts, we focused on housing, state budgets and taxes, health reform, food assistance, and jobs.
  • On housing, Douglas Rice highlighted a new report by Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies on the growing “crisis of affordability” for renters and called on lawmakers to strengthen federal policy to address the issue. 
  • On state budgets and taxes, Michael Leachman pointed to Kansas’ year-end revenue drop, which provides further proof of the state’s failed tax cut program. 
  • On health reform, Edwin Park explained how the Republican Study Committee’s health plan would expand the ranks of the uninsured and end various important consumer protections. 
  • On food assistance, Dottie Rosenbaum highlighted new figures from the Agriculture Department that show SNAP error rates have continued to fall to the lowest point on record. We also issued a paper on SNAP error rates, which fell to all-time lows in 2013, and we updated our chart book on the legacy of the Great Recession.
  • On jobs, Chad Stone commented on the June jobs report and explained why Congress should act immediately to restore emergency federal unemployment insurance.  Chris Mai pointed out that state and local jobs made big gains last month. 
We also issued a paper on SNAP error rates, which fell to all-time lows in 2013.  CBPP’s Chart of the Week: 
A variety of news outlets featured CBPP’s work and experts recently. Here are some highlights: Stop starving the beast of the IRS Washington Post July 2, 2014 Editorial: Incompetence at the IRS The Baltimore Sun June 27, 2014 QEDaily: Here's How the Poor Really Live The New Republic June 27, 2014 Cutting More Meat Than Fat US News and World Report June 27, 2014