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This week on Off the Charts, we focused on food assistance, health reform, Social Security, the federal budget and taxes, and state budgets and taxes.

  • On food assistance, Becca Segal introduced our new database of schools nationwide that qualify for community eligibility and shared what school officials are saying about the benefits of the program, which allows schools in high-poverty areas to serve meals to all students at no charge.
  • On health reform, Jesse Cross-Call rebutted claims by opponents of health reform’s Medicaid expansion that the federal government frequently changes the share of states’ Medicaid costs that it covers.
  • On Social Security, Kathy Ruffing celebrated the program’s 79th birthday by explaining how it helps more than 58 million Americans.
  • On the federal budget and taxes, Chye-Ching Huang highlighted a new paper debunking the claim that high U.S. tax rates force companies to move their headquarters overseas.
  • On state budgets and taxes, Michael Leachman connected the dots between Kansas’ costly tax cuts and the recent downgrading of the state’s credit rating.

We released a paper on what the 2014 trustees’ report shows about Social Security and a database that identifies schools that qualify for community eligibility. We also updated our chart book on the legacy of the Great Recession.

CBPP’s Chart of the Week:


A variety of news outlets featured CBPP’s work and experts recently. Here are some highlights:

Economic recovery marked by lower-paying jobs, analysis finds
Los Angeles Times
August 11, 2014

All Somerset students qualify for free breakfast, lunch
August 10, 2014

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