This week on Off the Charts, we focused on the federal budget and taxes, health care, food assistance, the safety net, and jobs.
On the federal budget and taxes, Chye-Ching Huang highlighted a recent must-read study that clarifies the relationship between tax cuts and growth. Brandon DeBot explained why tax incentives for retirement savings are ripe for reform. Chad Stone described how House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s call for “dynamic scoring” in tax reform is a gimmick that would only invite more mischief.
On health care, Judy Solomon listed three reasons why an Oklahoma judge’s decision on a key piece of the health reform law is wrong about health subsidies. Sarah Lueck noted that dire predictions about a sharp spike in premiums in the individual insurance market under health reform have failed to come true.
On food assistance, Brynne Keith-Jennings pointed to our updated quick guide to SNAP eligibility and benefits. Becca Segal noted Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s praise of community eligibility for providing breakfast and lunch to schoolchildren in high-poverty schools at no cost.
On the safety net, Stacy Dean explained why annually assessing the share of people eligible for both Medicaid and SNAP who actually receive both would better inform officials on how well we serve our poorest families and individuals.
On jobs, Chad Stone illustrated September’s jobs data, which show improvements over August’s figures though with substantial room for further gains.