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This week on Off the Charts, we focused on new Census data on poverty and the safety net, housing, state budgets and taxes, food assistance, health policy, and the economy.
  • On the new Census data, Danilo Trisi previewed the statistics and, after their release, explained that safety net programs cut the poverty rate nearly in half in 2013.  Brynne Keith-Jennings reported that SNAP (formerly food stamps) kept 4.8 million people, including 2.1 million children, out of poverty.  Will Fischer noted that rental assistance kept over 3 million people out of poverty.  Bryann DaSilva showed that the Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit together lifted 9.4 million people out of poverty.
  • On housing, Barbara Sard described how improvements to federal rental assistance programs could substantially better low-income children’s long-term health and success.  She also detailed how housing vouchers fall short of their potential to expand children’s access to good schools in safe neighborhoods.  Douglas Rice explained that helping families move to better neighborhoods is one way to help children do better in school.
  • On state budgets and taxes, Michael Leachman highlighted our updated analysis showing that most states continue to spend less per K-12 student than before the recession.  He also pointed out that lasting cuts endanger critical education reforms.
  • On food assistance, Becca Segal underscored that schools adopting community eligibility, which allows high-poverty schools to feed all students breakfast and lunch at no charge, can continue to get needed income data even without school meal applications.
  • On health policy, Jesse Cross-Call explained why Indiana should revise its Medicaid expansion waiver proposal.
  • Onthe economy, Chad Stone excerpted his latest post for U.S. News’ Economic Intelligence blog on why the projected quickening of wage growth over the next few years won’t trigger an upward spiral of wages and prices.
We released reports on how improving federal rental assistance programs can help children’s short- and long-term success, how states’ current school funding compares to recent years, and why Indiana should significantly revise its Medicaid expansion waiver proposal. CBPP’s Chart of the Week:
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A variety of news outlets featured CBPP’s work and experts recently. Here are some highlights: Study: Michigan’s K-12 spending 9.5 percent below pre-recession levels MLive (MI) October 16, 2014 Report: Oklahoma again No. 1 in nation in student spending cuts News OK October 16, 2014 State Education Funding Lags Behind Pre-Recession Levels US News & World Report October 16, 2014 How small changes to federal housing policy could make a big difference for poor kids Washington Post October 15, 2014 The Global Economic Slowdown And What It Means For The U.S. Recovery The Diane Rehm Show October 14, 2014 Don’t miss any of our posts, papers, or charts — follow us on Twitter and Instagram.  We’re still accepting internship applications for Spring 2015.  Apply today!