off the charts
BEYOND THE NUMBERS
BEYOND THE NUMBERS
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This week on Off the Charts, we focused on the safety net, the federal budget and taxes, jobs, health care, and Social Security.
- On the safety net, Richard Kogan reviewed the history of block grants to show that House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s “Opportunity Grant” would be susceptible to cuts. LaDonna Pavetti explained why the Opportunity Grant would likely force cuts in food and housing assistance. Douglas Rice noted that Ryan’s anti-poverty plan should worry those who are concerned about affordable housing. Chye-Ching Huang illustrated the impact of Ryan’s proposal to expand the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for childless workers.
- On the federal budget and taxes, Paul Van de Water described why it would be a mistake to require federal agencies to adopt “generational accounting.” Chuck Marr explained how President Reagan’s actions made him a true champion of the EITC. Chye-Ching Huang highlighted reports from the International Monetary Fund and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development supporting a stronger EITC and minimum wage.
- On jobs, we laid out where things stand for the unemployed. Chad Stone illustrated how July’s jobs numbers show that the labor market is moving in the right direction but still has a ways to go.
- On health care, Matt Broaddus pointed to new data showing that adopting a “per capita cap” for federal Medicaid funding would harm states. January Angeles highlighted our new guide on the tax rules that “navigators” and others helping people apply for health coverage need to understand.
- On Social Security, we excerpted statements from Robert Greenstein and Paul Van de Water on the new Social Security and Medicare trustees’ reports. Van de Water explained why Social Security’s immediate priority should be to raise the share of payroll taxes allocated to Disability Insurance.
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