This week on Off the Charts, we focused on the new Census data on poverty, inequality, and health coverage; the federal budget and taxes; state budgets and taxes; and housing.
On the new Census data, we listed five key takeaways from the data. Arloc Sherman explained why the data strengthen the case for doing more to help low-income childless workers and pointed out that the decline in the official poverty rate follows a decade and a half of mostly rising or stagnant poverty rates. Matt Broaddus highlighted our analysis of the health coverage data, which show a slight improvement.
On the federal budget and taxes, Chuck Marr commended the Obama Administration’s important first step against corporate “inversions.” Paul Van de Water explained why “fair-value accounting” would make federal loan and loan guarantee programs look more expensive than they really are.
On state budgets and taxes, Elizabeth McNichol noted that Kansas’ financial troubles highlight the need for well-designed state rainy day reserve funds.
On housing, Will Fischer explained that a House bill would raise rents on some of the nation’s poorest families while lowering rents for better-off households.
We released reports analyzing the new Census data and taking a closer look at the health coverage figures. We also released an analysis of the Republican Study Committee’s health plan and updated our backgrounder on the number of weeks of unemployment compensation available.
CBPP’s Chart of the Week: