This week on Off the Charts, we focused on housing, state budgets and taxes, health reform, and jobs.
- On housing, Barbara Sard showed that low-income families’ need for housing vouchers far exceeds the supply. Douglas Rice explained why a careful review of the evidence shows that good neighborhoods can improve children’s well-being. Will Fischer called on Congress to expand a program that helps local housing agencies obtain private investment to revitalize public housing.
- On state budgets and taxes, Michael Leachman highlighted an interactive map on changes in state K-12 funding (see below) and posted a video on why education funding matters for the future of the U.S. economy. Michael Mitchell noted that a ballot initiative California voters approved Tuesday is a model for criminal justice reform.
- On health reform, Paul Van de Water highlighted recent findings that refute scare talk about the medical device tax. He also explained why raising the cutoff for the employer mandate from 30 to 40 hours of work a week would be a step in the wrong direction.
- On jobs, Chad Stone illustrated October’s jobs data, which show that the labor market is improving but wage growth continues to languish.
This week, we released a video on the impact of cuts in state K-12 funding. Chad Stone released a statement on October’s employment report. 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:
States spend too much of their budgets jailing people and not enough educating them
U.S. News & World Report
November 7, 2014
Federal housing voucher program serves a fraction of the need
Nov 6, 2014
States Are Prioritizing Prisons Over Education, Budgets Show
October 30, 2014
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